Scottsdale Art & Culture

Scottsdale’s thriving arts and cultural scene is inspired by everything from Native American history to the scenic desert landscapes to modern and contemporary influences. Visit for more information about the area’s arts and cultural attractions.

MIM_Electronic music WebMusical Instrument Museum

The museum’s more than 15,000 instruments and artifacts were acquired in the geographic and cultural regions where these instruments are played and have the most cultural relevance. Nearly 5,000 of these are on exhibit at a time. Check the museum’s theater schedule for live performances.

Scottsdale Public Art

A dozen works of public art by various artists can be found throughout Scottsdale, from the pedestrian-friendly Soleri Bridge to the compelling Knight Rise Skyscape. Free audio tours can be accessed via QR code or by calling the number provided at each display.

Heard Museum

With locations in Phoenix and North Scottsdale, the Heard Museum combines comprehensive collections, intriguing exhibitions, distinctive festivals and interactive learning opportunities to collect, preserve and present art. The museum collaborates with Native Americans to present first-person voices of their culture.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

The SMoCA is more than just a museum; it is a community space for creativity, imagination, fun and contemplation. Through art, architecture and design, the museum aims to educate, engage and intrigue its visitors. The recent addition of the SMoCA Lounge makes this one of the most unique art museums you may ever visit.

Turquoise Necklace WebUltimate Art & Cultural Tours

If you just can’t decide which museum to visit, choose from a variety of guided tours to get the most out of your arts & culture experience in Scottsdale. Tours offered focus on downtown Scottsdale (via trolley), galleries, architecture, contemporary Native American art and more.

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