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Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West is kicking off summer with an exciting lineup of seasonal programs. 

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Titled “Western Spirit: The Cool Frontier,” available programs will transport visitors back to the rich history and culture of the American West. From classic movies to live artist demonstrations, a captivating exhibit on Western film history and free admission for military families, there’s something for everyone. 

“It’s cool in here! We’re excited to offer visitors an unforgettable experience this summer with our diverse lineup of programs,” says Todd Bankofier, CEO and executive director of Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. “Whether you’re a fan of classic Western movies, a lover of art, or interested in the history of Western cinema, there’s something here for the whole family.” 

Western Movies 

Opening the program is “Western Movies,” generously sponsored by Marcia and Hugh Ruddock. Free for museum members, this series will feature iconic Western films shown on a state-of-the-art projector. For non-members, movie tickets are available for $8 each or enjoy the film free by purchasing a museum ticket. To top off the event, popcorn and water bottles will be available for purchase for just $2. Screenings will show every Thursday and Sunday in June, July and August 2024, starting at 2 p.m. For the full Summer schedule of “Western Movies” click here.

Artist Tuesdays 

Every Tuesday in June, July and August, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., visitors will have the chance to watch local artists at work during “Artist Tuesdays.” This unique program allows guests to observe artists as they create masterpieces reflecting the Western Spirit. For the full schedule of featured artists click here.

The Dr. Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History

Coinciding with the summer Western movies is “The Dr. Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History.” This captivating exhibit features movie posters, lobby cards and advertisements from around the world from Dr. Strickland’s renowned larger collection. The exhibit, presented in the Virginia G. Piper Auditorium, pays tribute to Dr. Strickland’s dedication to preserving Western film history. 

Blue Star Museums Program

Western Spirit will be partnering with museums nationwide as they provide free admission to military families now through September 2, 2024. Blue Star Museums is a National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families program, in collaboration with the Department of Defense. Museums participating span all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Additional information and a complete list of participating museums can be found at arts.gov/BlueStarMuseums

Western Spirit features both rotating and permanent exhibits of Western and Native American art and artifacts, entertaining events and informative programs bringing the West’s heritage, culture and community to life. The museum is located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale at 3830 N. Marshall Way. 

For more information on Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, visit scottsdalemuseumwest.org