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Scottsdale's Must-See Museums

Whether you're a frequent visitor to the best Scottsdale resorts or you're planning your first trip, you may associate the area with outdoor adventure, high-end shopping and five-star dining. Which is all true, of course, but Scottsdale also has a vibrant arts and culture scene, and there's no better place to get a taste of it than The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch, where these must-see area museums are just a short hop away. 

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Located in the heart of the city on East Second Street, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) presents exhibits of modern and contemporary art, design and architecture from around the world. If you time your visit just right, you can participate in some of the museum's events. Take part in an improv workshop, attend a book signing or enjoy some stand-up comedy. The museum is closed on Mondays and national holidays. There is a small admission fee for non-members, but children 15 and younger are always free, and the museum offers free admission on Thursdays and Friday and Saturday evenings after 5 p.m.

Heard Museum

Discover the rich and vibrant cultures of the earliest inhabitants of the Southwest at the Heard Museum. Founded in 1929, it has come to be recognized internationally for its collections, exhibitions, events and educational programming which are focused on American Indians. As you plan your visit, be sure to include time for some of the museum's popular events, including First Fridays and the Indian Fair & Market. You can also visit the outdoor sculpture gardens, shop at the Heard Museum Shop and Books & More or stop for a nosh at the Courtyard Cafe. The Heard Museum is located on North Central Avenue, just a short drive from the best Scottsdale resorts, and it's open seven days per week except for national holidays.  

Scottsdale's Museum of the West

Dubbed Arizona's new must-see attraction, Scottsdale's Museum of the West is dedicated to highlighting the past of the American West. It aspires to educate and engage those who visit through its exhibitions and educational programs, and it participates in community outreach programs to ensure that the history of the West isn't forgotten. Using a combination of art, multimedia and narrative, its exhibitions and collections draw people in to experience and actively participate. Visit the museum on North Marshall Way Tuesday through Sunday. Children 5 years and younger receive free admission. 

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