Complimentary admission for TWO for the BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR or a combination of the DESERT WALK and INSIGHTS TOUR at Taliesin West. Also, a copy of the Taliesin West Interpretive Guidebook and packet.
Oh, we have to build here, this is pure abstraction wherever you look.
— Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Located on the beautiful Sonoran desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale, the site offers a broad range of guided public tours. Visitors get to experience Wright’s brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.
DAY & EVENING GUIDED TOURS
The site offers a broad range of public tours everyday, except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter, from 9 am to 4pm. For details about the tours, ranging from one to three hours long, and what you will experience on each tour, see below. For additional information, call (480) 627-5340, or toll-free (855) 860-2700.
SPECIAL GROUP TOURS
Tours will be custom-designed for prearranged groups of 15 or more. Group rates are available. Please contact tour manager for details, (480) 627-5340 or toll-free (855) 860-2700.
PRIVATE PERSONAL TOURS
With advance reservations, individuals and very small groups may schedule a tour by an architect, or personal guide. Call for price and reservations.
See Winter 2011-12 Brochure here. See Summer 2012 Brochure here.
Notice: Taliesin West is closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays during July and August.
TALIESIN WEST TOUR OPTIONS
September thru May (Winter)
Daily: Hourly from 10:15 am to 3:15 pm.
June thru August (Summer)
Daily: 11 am and 2 pm. (Closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays in July and August)
Experience firsthand Wright’s brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces. Visit the Cabaret Theater, Music Pavilion, Seminar Theater and Wright’s private office–all linked by dramatic terraces, gardens, and walkways overlooking the rugged Sonoran Desert and Valley below. Knowledgeable guides explain how the site relates to the natural desert and provide a general overview of Wright’s basic theories of design, history of the site and activities of Taliesin Fellowship community life.
90-Minute INSIGHTS (Our most popular tour)
September thru May
Daily: Hourly 9 am to 4 pm (beginning every half hour during the high season: November thru April).
June thru Aug
Daily: Hourly 9:30 am to 3:30 pm (closed Tuesdays & Wednesdays in July and August).
The living quarters and the dramatic Taliesin West living room (called the “Garden Room” by Wright) are the highlights of this tour, which also includes all the elements of the Panorama Tour. The living room was the social gathering place for Wright and the many famous guests he entertained. It is entered through a typically Wrightian low-ceilinged, stone-walled space which opens to a 56-feet long by 34-feet wide room, linked to the garden and bedroom wing on the east by expansive windows. Visitors sit in Wright-designed furniture and experience firsthand the drama of being a guest in Wright’s famous home.
Reservations requested, but not required. Walk-ins welcome most evenings, space permitting.
View Wright’s desert masterpiece in a nighttime setting when the site takes on a luminous, jewel-like quality. The structures, lighted from within, appear as sculptures, the fire-breathing dragon is lit and the lights from the Valley below create a dramatic, romantic setting. This tour includes all the spaces shown on the Insights Tour, plus light refreshments. Highly recommended as an enchanting way to view Wright’s home.
3-Hour BEHIND THE SCENES
September thru May
Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays | 9:15 am
June thru August
Mondays, Thursdays| 9:15 am
Reservations recommended, but not required. No children under 12 on this tour.
If you’re interested in an in-depth, intimate look at Taliesin West, this exclusive experience is a must! A highlight of this tour is a stop in the colorful Taliesin Fellowship dining room where you’ll be treated to mid-morning “tea.” You’ll also have the opportunity to talk with Wright associates. In addition to seeing all the spots on the Insights Tour, you’ll take a walk to the historic Sun Cottage or another unique desert site–all with ample time to take photographs and ask questions. Architecture enthusiasts consistently cite this tour as a highlight of their travels.
90-Minute ARCHITECTURAL DISCOVERY TOUR
For families with school-age children (must be accompanied by an adult, and adults by children).
On this special tour, school-age children and their parents investigate how architecture impacts their lives. Children create forms and patterns that are found in nature. This tour takes families into all the spaces seen on the Insights tour.
90-Minute DESERT WALK
November through April only
Daily: 11:15 am (weather permitting) (Tour not available May-October)
General admission: $32
(The Desert Walk may be combined with other tours for discounted admissions: Panorama Tour plus Desert Walk: $45; Insights Tour plus Desert Walk: $52).
Reservations requested, but not required.
A guided “Desert Walk” explores the beautiful desert trails at Taliesin West. Knowledgeable guides provide an in-depth, entertaining explanation about the native materials and landforms that were translated into design elements by Wright. Evidence of desert wildlife (javelina, tortoise and coyote to name a few) often highlight the walk.
Desert tours require appropriate footwear.
2-Hour DESERT SHELTER TOUR
mid-November thru April only
Saturdays: 1:15 pm (weather permitting), (Tour not available May thru mid-November).
General admission: $40 (reservations recommended)
Students, corporate groups: $30
Students take you on an “up close and personal” visit to their self-designed and built desert dwellings. First-year students generally live in simple eight-by-eight-foot square shepherds’ tents, but later design more elaborate “shelters” or enlarge existing ones. Each is customized to a student’s personal interests and talents. This tour includes elements of the Desert Walk Tour.
Bring your camera and participate in our photography contest - submit photos all season; winner announced in April.
Shelter tours require appropriate footwear.
For more information about the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, click here.
Members of the Frank Lloyd Wright Association receive complimentary Panorama tours, discounts on all other tours, a 10 percent discount in Anneliese’s Bookstore and website (www.franklloydwright.com), and a one year subscription to the acclaimed Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly magazine that provides in depth stories about Wright’s life and work, rare and never-before published photographs, a national calendar of events and much more. Call in advance of the tour day for information or how to join. (480) 627-5374.
HOW TO FIND TALIESIN WEST
Taliesin West is located at 12621 N. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ, 85259.
The entrance to Taliesin West is at the Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. and Cactus Road intersection.
Call (480) 627-5340, or toll-free (855) 860-2700, for additional information.
For GPS directions, use 12345 N. Taliesin Dr. Scottsdale, AZ, 85258.
Parking is free and tour tickets can be purchased in the Bookstore which is close to the main parking lot.
Scottsdale, Arizona, 1937
Frank Lloyd Wright called this the “Garden Room.” It opens to a garden on the east and to the horizon on the south. On one side, the walls are desert masonry. On the garden side they are a combination of masonry piers, wood, and glass.