The first thing you think of when you think of Scottsdale is probably not arts and culture. Located in the heart of Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, it’s understandable that your first thoughts might be of cactuses, scorpions, and rattlesnakes. Yet there are many interesting places to visit of historical, artistic, or cultural value. Here are 3 must-visit arts and culture locations that you’ll want to include in your itinerary for your next visit to Scottsdale.
Scottsdale Center For The Performing Arts
The performing arts are alive and well in Scottsdale. The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is home to over 1,000 indoor and outdoor performances every year. The center has come to be recognized as the best performing arts hall in the western United States. It reaches 20,000+ children and adults with its educational programs every year. On sight, you’ll find several al fresco dining restaurants, a unique gift shop, and even a modern art museum. You’ll spend hours after the performance is over enjoying everything that the center has to offer.
House Of Broadcasting
If Arizona movie and broadcast history is appealing to you, you’ll love this gem of a museum. The House of Broadcasting provides the opportunity for you to explore the history of broadcasting in Arizona, and it features many memorabilia of a forgotten time when broadcasting was in its infancy. You’ll find original television cameras and equipment on site, as well as movie history memorabilia including a huge collection of wardrobes that you might recognize from some of the early movies shot in Arizona. There is no charge for admission, but donations are accepted to help defray the costs of maintaining this non-profit museum.
Museum Of The West
Capturing the western spirit in a way others fall short of, the Museum of the West in Scottsdale is a historical powerhouse providing information from all 19 states of the western United States. The 35,000 sq. ft. facility houses captivating paintings and artifacts, and provides informative old west facts that brings the heritage of the west to life. Its exhibits, tours, and activities are constantly changing, so no two visits to the museum are alike. Popular shows of the past have included the Cowboy Artists of America, which included artwork from 77 artists that embodied the western culture. Be sure to stop by the gift shop to pick up some unique novelties to remember your visit by.
Plan to spend at least a weekend enjoying all that these three arts and culture hotspots have to offer. Each of these three locations will keep you entertained for hours.