Scottsdale's best museums offer a glimpse into a world of imagination, history and creation. One of the city's shining examples of creativity and innovation is the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, or the SMoCA. The museum is one of the country's leading venues devoted to cutting edge art, regularly hosting some of the country's leading contemporary artists.
Another must-visit museum is the Musical Instrument Museum, which is dedicated to celebrating music and musical instruments from around the world. On display are instruments from every region of the world, as well as fun hands-on room where guests are invited to try their hand at a diverse array of world instruments. The museum regularly hosts award-winning museums at the venue's intimate live music theater.
For history buffs, there's the Scottsdale Historical Museum in downtown Scottsdale, which features the permanent Winfield Scott Exhibit, letting visitors get a close-up look at the personal artifacts of Scottsdale's founder. There's also the new Scottsdale Museum of the West, a state-of-the-art museum celebrating the history, art and culture of the American West. Visitors can see works of art from lumanaries like Georgia O'Keefe and Fritz Scholder. On display are also fascinating artifacts from Western legends like John Wayne and Kit Carson.