The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is reinvigorating the famed architect’s winter home in Scottsdale, Taliesin West, with an array of new daily tours, diverse cultural events and youth and family programs to offer first-time and returning visitors an opportunity to learn more about Wright’s legacy and principles of architecture through a brand-new lens.
With construction beginning in 1938, Taliesin West served as both Wright’s desert laboratory and a place of community, innovation, design, art and performance. As part of a continued effort to preserve that legacy and advance the Foundation’s mission to inspire the world to discover and embrace an architecture for better living through connections to nature, the arts and each other, the site welcomes nearly 100,000 visitors annually to experience its unique setting through intimate, seasonal and rotating programming.
Available to the public as well as Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation members, highlights this fall and winter include:
Taliesin West is open to the public and offers several tour options, including the Highlights Audio and In-Depth Guided tours as well as the new additions below. Reservations are recommended.
Nightfall Guided Tour | 60 minutes | Sundays and Mondays, Oct. 1–Dec. 31 | $49 per adult, $35 per student (ages 13-25 with student ID), $24 youth (ages 6-12), $39.20 per member
Join guides at dusk to explore Taliesin West after dark. This 60-minute tour focuses on the outdoor spaces of Taliesin West’s Historic Core, and what it looks like to live in harmony with the natural environment. Guests will visit Taliesin West’s highlights and see evening views that are only available on this tour.
American Icons | Oct. 20–June 3, 2024 | Cost included in paid tour admission
This photography exhibition will provide a fresh look at two American Icons: Frank Lloyd Wright and Georgia O’Keefe. Curated by the Foundation in partnership with the Tony Vaccaro Studio in Long Island City, NY, and the Monroe Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, the exhibition provides an intimate and exclusive look into these two legends of American art and architecture. Featuring portraits taken by Tony Vaccaro for Look Magazine, the images showcase a more human and personal side to these two luminaries, while drawing visual symmetry between the images, despite being photographed years apart.
Shelters In the Desert Guided Tour | 90 minutes | Sundays and Mondays, Jan. 1–March 31, 2024 | $49 - $54 per adult, $35 - $38 per student (ages 13-25 with student ID), $24 - $27 youth (ages 6-12), $39.20 - $43.20 per member
This morning tour takes guests on a 90-minute hike through the beautiful desert trails behind Taliesin West’s Historic Core. Along the way, they will see and learn about the apprentice shelters, Wright’s "learning by doing" philosophy and the deep connection between architecture and nature.
The Foundation continuously works to provide innovative pathways for audiences to discover Taliesin West in new ways through a robust schedule of cultural programming ranging from wellness activities to theater performances, film screenings and hands-on workshops led by subject-matter experts.
Wellness By Design | October–May 2024 | Select Saturdays every month starting at 9 a.m. | $25 per adult, $17 per student (ages 13-25 with student ID), $22.50 per member
Experience the impact of Frank Lloyd Wright’s organic architecture and design through guided mindfulness activities. This season, try Yoga, Tai Chi, Sound Bathing or Meditative Walking, all led by local wellness experts.
Sunsets and Sips | Twice monthly on Thursdays, Oct. 12–May 16, 2024 | 6–8 p.m. October, November, April and May | 5–7 p.m. December–March | $35 - $40 per ticket | $31.50 - $36 per member
Sip in style at Taliesin West’s most popular program. With views of the city below, visitors are encouraged to linger and mingle with a beverage in hand while enjoying the serene outdoor pathways. Each happy hour will explore one to two interior spaces, which will vary with each visit.
TW LIVE | October–April 2024 | Select Saturdays every month 6-8 p.m. | $40 per adult, $28 per student (ages 13-25 with student ID), $36 per member
Feel immersed in art and wonder as Taliesin West’s historic spaces come alive with performances by Valley musicians. Each 90-minute performance will showcase music that focuses on experimentation, adaptation, and collaboration, with this season’s performances heavily spotlighting the sounds of classical jazz.
Workshops for Adults | November–March 2024 | $150 - $550 per adult, $105 - $385 per student (ages 13-25 with student ID), $135 - $495 per member
New this season, embrace Wright’s idea of “learning by doing” by exploring photography, creative writing, landscaping and gardening through these new workshops. Some programs are two days, some are a single day and some are half-day experiences. Class sizes are small.
YOUTH & FAMILY PROGRAMS
For youth and families, Taliesin West has a lot to explore including monthly programs for homeschoolers, early learners, scouts and students, as well as seasonal camps this winter and spring.
ABC Hour: Architecture, Books and Crafts | Second Saturday of each month October–April 2024 | Free with reservation
Taliesin West will offer a STEAM-based story and craft hour, free of charge for its youngest visitors and their parents or guardians. This program is taught in the outdoor classroom so that children can be inspired by the same Sonoran Desert landscape that sparked Frank Lloyd Wright’s imagination 80 years ago. The selected book and activity each month will be geared toward children age 4-8; however, all are welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration for all guests attending the program is required.
Program prices, dates and times are subject to change or cancellation. For the most up-to-date information on programs at Taliesin West, to book a tour, to donate or to become a member, visit FrankLloydWright.org.