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Scottsdale is home to more than 100 art galleries showcasing everything from contemporary and modern art to sculpture, performance art, to Native American crafts and Western-themed pieces. In addition to art, the city is home to some wonderful museums, theatres, and cultural events like the annual Scottsdale Rodeo.
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Scottsdale Museum of the West

Explore the history, art and rich cultural heritage of the West. From exhibits of Hopi pottery masterworks to rare posters starring silver screen cowboys and Indians, you’ll discover the unique stories of the people, places and events of the 19 states of the American West, and the bordering Canadian provinces and Mexican states. Learn more »


Desert Botanical Garden

Think the desert is all dirt and tumbleweeds? Think again. Desert Botanical Garden is home to thousands of species of cacti, trees and flowers from all around the world spread across 55 acres in Phoenix, Arizona. Learn more »


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Residents and visitors have the opportunity to experience the highest quality performing and visual arts the world has to offer. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts works to identify emerging artistic talent and provide a place for its expression. Learn more »


Music Instrument Museum

Don’t miss The World’s Only Global Musical Instrument Museum®! MIM displays more than 7,000 instruments collected from around 200 of the world’s countries and territories. Most displays are enhanced by state-of-the-art audio and video technologies that allow guests to see the instruments, hear their sounds, and observe them being played in their original contexts—performances that are often as spectacular as the instruments themselves. All guests are invited to play instruments from around the world in the Experience Gallery. They can also see instruments from music icons such as Elvis Presley®, Johnny Cash, Pablo Casals, John Lennon, “King” Sunny Adé, Clara Rockmore, Maroon 5, and many more in the Artist Gallery. Learn more »