Insights Tour

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

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  • Discover Wright’s ability to integrate indoor & outdoor spaces such as the Cabaret Theater, Music Pavilion as well as Wright's office.

  • Experience Wright’s architectural genius on our 3-hour Behind the Scenes Tour that includes guest speakers and even mid-morning tea.

  • On the 3 hour combo tour, we'll take you on our most popular tour through the house & show you the desert scenery that inspired Wright!

  • Explore the desert area while your guide reveals how native materials and landforms were translated into design elements by Wright.

  • Discover some of the beautiful desert trails surrounding Taliesin West & gain insight into Frank Lloyd Wright's School of Architecture.

  • Wright's creation at night takes on a luminous, jewel-like quality and the structures, lit from within, form a truly dramatic setting.

  • On our educational Junior Architect Tour, school-age children and their parents get to learn how architecture impacts their lives.

  • We also schedule private tours of Wright's Taliesin West with an architect or personal tour guide for individuals or small groups.

  • Special tours for large groups can be arranged for guests looking to experience both the interior and exterior areas of Taliesin West.

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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, the site offers a broad range of guided public tours where visitors can experience Wright’s brilliance.

You'll be drawn closer into the world of Frank Lloyd Wright on our most popular tour, the 90-Minute Insights Tour.  The highlights of this tour include special trips into the Wrights' living quarters and the gracious Taliesin West living room known as the “Garden Room.” 

The living quarters include the private bedrooms of Frank Lloyd Wright and his wife as well as the living room, which was the social gathering place of the home. Visitors will feel the beauty and peace of the spaces in which Frank Lloyd Wright welcomed the many famous guests he entertained at his desert home.

In addition, this tour also includes all the elements of the Panorama Tour which focuses on Wright's amazing ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.  We'll visit areas such as the:
  • Cabaret Theater
  • Music Pavilion
  • Seminar Theater
  • Wright's private office
All of these spaces are linked by dramatic terraces, gardens and walkways overlooking the desert.  See how the site itself amplifies the desert's beauty.

For a limited time a visit to the 180,000 piece LEGO model of Taliesin West is included on this tour! Not available March 9-11.

Tuesday and Wednesday are discount days and prices on these days have already been adjusted.

Meeting Location

Taliesin Drive (Scottsdale, AZ) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)


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Rating: 5
Splendid experience
Sat, Aug 1  9:00 AM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The tour was well worth braving the summer heat for. We took the Insights Tour led by our guide Schuyler. He made the tour absolutely outstanding. Umbrellas and water were available for everyone's comfort and the tour wound inside and out so air conditioning offered some respite. Highly recommend. It's really pretty close to resorts in Scottsdale too.
Rating: 5
Great tour and guide (Phil C.)
Fri, Jul 31  10:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Loved the whole tour and also the wonderful gift shop. Nice touch to provide water and unbrellas. Couldn't stop thinking about it and went to the library and started checking out FLW books.
Rating: 5
Engaging tour
Mon, Jul 27  1:00 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
The tour of Taliesen West was a highlight of my trip to Phoenix. The tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and kept the tour moving at a good place, while always ensuring we were learning something about the property, Frank Lloyd Wright himself, or architecture. Plus, the story behind the property is fascinating. I'd certainly encourage others to consider it.
Rating: 4
Taliesen West Tour very enjoyable
Sun, Jul 26  2:00 PM Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
Very informative and educational. Outdoor portions were hot but that was expected. Would recommend to anyone interested in learning about the greatest architect in the world.
Rating: 4
Loved the actual tour but not the online service
Sun, Jul 26  10:00 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Online ticket purchasing site wasn't very helpful. The direction was horrible we got lost on the way and almost didn't make it. The website says bring your own water and umbrella but both of them are provided on site. We loved the actual tour and especially our guide, Don. Even our 5-year-old enjoyed it. Very educational and enjoyable tour.
Rating: 5
Loved Taliesen!
Sun, Jul 26  10:00 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The tour guide gave an incredibly indepth - and entertaining tour. he was so into it he actually went 30 minutes over! loved every minute.
Rating: 5
Time well spent!
Sun, Jul 26  9:00 AM Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Even though it was 90 degrees at 9:00 am, we thoroughly enjoyed our one hour and 45 min. tour. Our young guide was pleasant, knowledgeable & humouous. A special surprise was when he played Ragtime on Wright's piano for us. A good portion of the tour was inside where it was comfortably cool. Waer bottles were provided so we were well taken care of. Touringt Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West was well worth the price.
Rating: 4
Worth the time and heat
Sat, Jul 25  11:00 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Skyler gave a very informative and interesting tour. I will recommend this tour to my friends if visiting phoenix.
Rating: 4
Great Facility
Sat, Jul 25  10:00 AM Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
Tour guide was knowledgeable and conducted a great tour.
Rating: 5
Neat tour
Fri, Jul 24  1:00 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The tour guide was very well informed and interesting. The place was very cool, especially for fans of Frank Lloyd Wright and the desert.
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Do I need to buy tickets in advance?
Advance purchase is highly recommended, as space is limited per tour. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can be purchased using a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
Why are the ticket prices different on certain days?
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are our Discount Days and the ticket price has already been adjusted on these days. Keep in mind that all adults ages 13 and up are the same price on these days. Discounts can still be applied for Frank Lloyd Wright Association members by calling Zerve at (888) 516-0811. There is also a discount for those who take the Desert Walk tour on the same day. Check out the Combo tour for more information.
What is the main difference between the flagship tours? Which one should I take?
Our three flagship tours vary by duration and sights seen. The 90-minute Insights Tour is our most popular tour and is offered the most often. If you are looking for a more in-depth tour, consider the 3-hour Behind the Scenes Tour which includes everything on the Insights Tour and more, including guest speakers. However, if you are short on time, consider taking the Panorama Tour, which is 1-hour long and includes many highlights of the property but does not include the personal living quarters. In addition to our three year-round tours, we also offer a number of seasonal tours as well that explore other areas of Taliesin West.
Are there any age limits? Can we bring our kids?
Yes, children can attend the tour, however, please note that younger children may not fully understand the content and get much out of it. As parents, you should use your best judgement as to whether your child will enjoy the tour. We do offer a reduced price Youth ticket for ages 4-12 and infants and toddlers under 4 years old can come for free.
What about bad weather?
Taliesin West was built to be a part of its surroundings, therefore the tour is a combination of viewing interior spaces that are connected by outdoor walkways. The tour will run in moderate weather, but may be cancelled in the case of severe weather. You will be notified if the tour is cancelled and will be allowed to reschedule your tickets or receive credit for a future event.
Can we explore Taliesin West on our own or do we need to take a tour?
All tours of Taliesin West are guided and guests are not allowed to explore on their own. Admission to the bookstore is free of charge but guests must have tour tickets to view the remainder of the property.
How do I receive the Desert Walk combo discount?
A combo discount is offered if you take the Desert Walk and the Insights Tour on the same day. These discounted tickets are available through the "Insights Tour & Desert Walk Combo Tour" activity. For more information about this tour, click on the link to the left.
How much walking or standing will there be? Will I be able to sit down?
Over the course of the tour, guests will walk about a block through the house at a casual pace. Guests will also have the opportunity to sit down in each room.
Is Taliesin West handicap and stroller accessible?
Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark built between 1937 and 1959. As such, it was not designed or built to contemporary accessibility standards. The pathway for tours are not all paved and include gravel walkways, uneven steps and stairs. Narrow, steep-sloped ramps over steps are available for guests to use at their own discretion throughout the tour. Ramps are 26” in width with slopes ranging from 21 to 27 degrees. If bringing young kids or infants, we recommend a stroller that has larger wheels or a baby bjorn style carrier.
Do you allow photography?
Guests are welcome to take photos for their personal use. There are a few areas where we do not allow photography, but your tour guide will alert you to these areas during the tour. If you are looking to use photos in a professional capacity, please contact us prior to purchasing your tickets by clicking on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to make arrangements.
Is Taliesin West open all year round?
Yes, we operate tours throughout the entire year. The Insights Tour runs all year round, however, not all tours are offered throughout the entire year. Please be sure to check our "Calendar of Other Activities" for the exact tour schedule on the day you plan to visit.
Do you have a gift shop?
Yes, Anneliese's Bookstore is located next to the main parking lot and stocks the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright Collection® products and books. Admission to the bookstore is free of charge and its regular hours of operation are 8:30am to 6:00pm October - May, 8:30am to 4pm June - August, and 8:30am to 5pm in September.
What should I wear? What should I bring?
We suggest guests wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Since a portion of the tour takes place outside, be prepared for the day's weather and note there are gravel walkways that connect the buildings, so please be sure to wear appropriate shoes. We also recommend bringing a bottle of water and an umbrella. While we have a limited number of umbrellas available for guests, they can come in handy both on rainy and sunny days in the desert.
Are food and drinks available for purchase?
Food is not available for purchase. We do not recommend bringing outside food or drink on your tour, unless you'd like to bring a bottle of water, therefore we suggest grabbing something to eat either before or after your tour.
Is there parking available?
Yes, there is a free parking lot for all guests.
Are pets allowed to come?
No, other than certified service dogs, pets are not permitted.
What about guests with special needs?
Guests with special needs who are interested in visiting us but choose not to take the walking tour may request an Interpretive Guide and view a video on the history of Taliesin West while on site. Visually and hearing impaired guests who wish to bring someone to provide assistance on the tour such as a sign language interpreter may do so and the person providing assistance will not be charged admission.
Do you offer gift certificates?
Yes! Gift certificates are available and they make perfect gifts for holidays, birthdays or any other occasion! To purchase a gift certificate please click on the "Gift Certificates: Purchase" link in the box above.
Do you allow private parties or events?
Spacious Taliesin West is well suited for hosting exclusive corporate receptions and dinners. Groups ranging in size from 20 to 120 have experienced memorable evenings at Taliesin West using the many indoor and outdoor spaces. For more information about setting up a private event, please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to get in touch with our staff.
Do you offer large group tours?
Yes, group tours are available and tours can be custom designed for prearranged groups of 15 or more. Please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to discuss.
Can we do a private tour?
With advance notice (seven day notice preferred), individuals with very small groups may schedule a tour by an architect or personal guide. Please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to discuss pricing and reservations.


Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is proud to present, Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s world-famous home and architectural laboratory, which offers guests the unique, immersive experience of a powerful and extremely personal National Historic Landmark.

Just minutes from downtown Scottsdale, Taliesin West is Frank Lloyd Wright’s desert masterpiece. In 1937, Wright and his apprentices built an architectural wonder out of the stone and sand that surrounded them in the Sonoran desert on the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. Many of those apprentices (“the Fellowship”) who worked and lived alongside Mr. Wright still live at Taliesin West, as do the current students and faculty of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture -- making Taliesin West an ongoing, vibrant community.

The Taliesin West experience is both immersive and powerful. Guests are fully welcomed into every room and space—nothing on the tour is behind ropes or under glass. The tours, which include such attractions as the Cabaret Theater, Music Pavilion, Garden Room, Desert Shelters, and Mr. Wright’s living quarters and private office, are filled with surprise, majestic views, and intimate interior details. Each tour inspires visitors with the innovative principles, beautiful creations, technological experiments, and unparalleled body of work of Frank Lloyd Wright. As a result, guests find the Taliesin West tour experience delightfully engaging and deeply relevant. While photos and descriptions may give you a hint of what’s in store, there is no substitute for experiencing it first-hand.

Come to Taliesin West and be inspired.
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