Have you visited one of Scottsdale’s 2 most compelling museums?
A day at the museum is a good one. You always come away knowing more than when you went in. The best museums appeal to all age ranges. They teach you, surprise you, and make you consider something ordinary in a new light. When we aren’t performing carpet repair, you’ll frequently find us visiting some of these great local museums. Here are our top two, and why you shouldn’t miss out on these local treasures.
Scottsdale’s Museum of the West: Western Spirit
The West used to be wild. At Scottsdale’s Museum of the West it still is. This museum is dedicated to exploring and sharing the wild history of Scottsdale and the surrounding area. It features art, film, artifacts, and more. One of the most interesting aspects of this museum is the way it tells stories about the places, events, and people that made the west what it was. Consider it the perfect primer if you’re interested in the Wild West and miss the days of History Channel Documentaries that made history personal. Located on E Main St. and N Marshall Way, you won’t want to miss it.
Museum highlights include:
- The Abe Hays Family Spirit of the West Collection: This ongoing exhibit is a stellar collection featuring sheriff badges, spurs, saddles, leathers, and more. These pieces span the decades and show a high level of craftsmanship and artistry.
- Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks: These pieces have never been displayed before and show masterly crafted ceramics from the Hopi Tribe of Native Americans. The beauty and detail of every piece is stunning. Colors evoke sunsets and desert environments.
- The Christine and Ted Mollsring Sculpture Courtyard: With a wide range of sculptures in different mediums, metal definitely takes the forefront. Made to stand the test of time these incredible statues of real-life scenes are emotive and highly detailed.
The House of Broadcasting – Arizona’s Radio & Television Museum
Broadcasting is an often underappreciated field with a very interesting history. It’s easy to forget how much local culture can shape a city. Just off of E 5th Ave. and N Scottsdale Rd, the House of Broadcasting focuses on these small local acts and their contributions to the media landscape. With yearly mini-concerts and other fun fundraising events, you can really make a night of it if you plan your visit out.
Museum highlights include:
- Buck Owens Memorabilia: Country legend Buck Owens performed in Scottsdale in 1997. The museum has his guitar and red rhinestone encrusted suit on display.
- The Annual Celebrity Toast: Running for more than a decade, the toast brings together local stars of the screen in order to honor their contribution to television. Tickets include cocktails, dinner, and an auction.
- Mini-concerts: Sure to be a can’t miss affair in the future, the museum hosts a small Christmas Concert each year. It’s a great time to bring together the family and view some wonderful live singing and guitar playing.