Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
3.5
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art champions creativity, innovation and the vitality of the visual arts. We seek both to build and to educate audiences for modern and contemporary art, as well as to provide opportunities for the artistic community--locally, nationally and internationally. SMoCA provides a memorable experience of art, architecture and design by exploring new curatorial approaches and by highlighting cultural context. We interpret, exhibit, collect and preserve works in these media. SMoCA's gift store is stocked with books on contemporary art, photography, architecture, design, pop culture and much more. Plenty of other signature merchandise abounds--whether you're looking for smart, modern home decor pieces, clever design accoutrements for your office space (or any space!), richly patterned stationery sets & postcards or one-of-a-kind jewelry, handbags and scarves--these pieces let you wear your artistic sensibilities on your sleeve.
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3.5
3.5 of 5 bubbles173 reviews
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Stacy M
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
If only we knew before planning our day around this visit. I made a point to review the website and vet what I wanted to see while there. What a disappointment! We came in to find two young people at the counter with nothing to do but chitchat with each other. They said the museum was under construction so only one exhibit was open. We were urged to pay what we wanted for admission and felt compelled to pay something. They could have given a better warning about what was in store. After paying $5/ea to see 3 completely boring large walls of light, we walked back out and told the counter attendants it wasn't worth it at all. They just gaped at us. Having nothing else to see, we left. One would think that the museum would have noted they were under construction and exhibits were not available to view during our trip. It would have saved us a huge chunk of our last day in Scottsdale.
Written 14 September 2023
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packh1
Bethlehem, PA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Brilliant and pewful are two words to describe the current exhibit..We were mesmerized by the messages conveyed.We were concerned that it would be too abstract for us-we were wrong. Each one spoke to us and touched us deeply.It has a definite political slant but the messages are timely, and to us ,significant. Highly recommend.
Written 13 August 2023
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Kev1963
Vancouver, Canada798 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
Maybe if you love art an awful lot. They had a free day so we signed up. Maybe not our taste but I have enjoyed high school art exhibits more.
Written 21 July 2023
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Joe G
Las Cruces, NM182 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Very nice museum with a surprisingly large collection of 20th and 21st century art work. We visited during a free admission day, but I donated $20 anyway. Small enough that one does not need to budget half the day to visit.
Written 8 April 2023
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Stephanie R
Austell, GA149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
Interesting little museum. There were a few exhibits to see. We enjoyed the outdoorsy one with the large metal dream catcher and camper. Then my daughter absolutely loved the outdoor one about the sky space. I don't recall the name. I think we paid $10 admission and that is about what it was worth, so it did not take long at all.
Written 7 March 2022
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Janna
Arizona624 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Small museum, we saw all five exhibit rooms in about 40 minutes. One of the exhibits was focused on supporting young artists producing neon art, interesting. I enjoyed Mimi O Chun's "It's all cake" exhibit the best--what awesome fabric talent. Be sure to watch her 10-minute video, so informative and gave me a good glimpse into her and her inspiration.
Written 7 November 2021
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An0nyMs
Tucson, Arizona1,452 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Solo
The exhibitions are always cutting-edge, so you may not want to make a long trip here unless you really like current art. One thing not to miss -- in the cooler months of the year, anyway -- is the outdoor Turrell Courtyard. It curves around the outside of the building. There's a mural, sculpture, and a circular skyspace room with a view of the sky.
Written 21 November 2020
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MarthaIllinois
Alta, IL174 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Good news: the adult rate is $10, AAA members are $7 and seniors are $5.
The NOT so good news: very small museum of four-5 rooms. Today, two rooms had recycled items from hair, dust from machines, etc. They did have one creative chair and some high heels. The other exhibit had only a large broom and water. There were some drawings of female genitalia. The written descriptions of art were so “out of it”. We usually love museums but not this one. Allow 10 minutes max.
Written 1 March 2020
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Janice F
Boston, MA92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We had not heard of this museum before but were so glad it was recommended to us. A beautiful building with interesting outdoor lighting installation.and great exhibits inside. Small but worth tbhe time to visit.
Written 9 February 2020
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HarlanJF
Smithtown, NY289 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My guess is that had we visited for a particular exhibition, we would have felt that the museum was much more interesting. There didn't appear to be any kind of permanent exhibit of contemporary art, just exhibits that change from time to time. When we visited, the museum was between some exhibits so there was not much to see.
Written 26 January 2020
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