Junior Architect Tour

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

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Activity #4273
  • Experience what it was like to be a guest in Wright's famous home on our signature tour which includes the Taliesin West Garden Room.

  • 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.

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

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

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


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Description

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.

On our special summer-time Junior Architect Tour, school-age children and their parents investigate how architecture impacts their lives. While participating in this 90-minute educational and entertaining experience, families will have the chance to consider:
  • The importance of architecture
  • The role of an architect
  • How the shapes, colors and patterns of nature along with math and science were used by Wright in his architectural designs
The last part of the tour includes an opportunity for the children to draw what they've learned.  They'll sit down and create on paper the forms and patterns that they found in nature and throughout Taliesin West. 

This tour takes families into all the spaces seen on the Insights Tour as they discover how Wright, his family and his apprentices lived in this bold experiment in desert living.  Some of the areas we'll visit include the:
  • Cabaret Theater
  • Music Pavilion
  • Seminar Theater
  • Wright's private office
  • The Living Quarters
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.

NOTE: This tour is for families, meaning children must be accompanied by an adult and adults must be accompanied by children.

Meeting Location

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

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23 Reviews Rating: 4.4 4.4 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Great tour!
Sun, Jul 12  10:30 AM Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
My daughter and I enjoyed the tour greatly. Our guide was witty and knowledgeable about the campus. I'd highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area.
Rating: 5
Wonderful tour for budding architects!
Sun, Jul 12  10:30 AM Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
 
We were lucky enough to receive a wonderful tour guide named Don. He was knowledgeable, friendly, patient, and great with the kids! This was a fantastic experience for my daughter (and me!).
Rating: 2
Good for adults....
Sat, Jul 11  10:30 AM Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
 
This was not really a childrens' tour. Our kids (5 and 6) expected Lego that they could interact with, but the only Lego present was a "don't touch" model. We also expected something more interactive than a simple worksheet on which to draw. The tour description stated, "Do you like Lego and Minecraft?" but these interests were not addressed in the Jr. Architect tour. We expected one or two stations where the kids could be instructed to build small items, or perhaps a focus on the kids as Jr. Architects. Our tour guide spoke informatively to adults, but our kids were expected to stay quiet, not touch anything, and just follow the tour. I am very glad we didn't bring our four-year-old-- he would not have lasted 90 minutes on this experience. Suggestions: if the tour is not changed, the age should be raised to age 8 at least. We loved visiting Talesin, but were quite disappointed that the tour was not as described, and it was very hard for our young kids to complete. We would not recommend this for kids under 8.
Rating: 4
Great tour - disappointing art project
Fri, Jul 10  10:30 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
The tour and our guide was great. Very kid focused but the art activity at the end was disappointing. Should try to do more than coloring sheets. Maybe a small build your own room or sketch plans, etc.
Rating: 4
Enjoyable trip
Fri, Jul 10  10:30 AM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
We enjoyed our time. Our son is almost 5 and it was a bit long for him, but my husband and I enjoyed ourselves.
Rating: 5
Great tour with interested child
Sat, Jul 4  10:30 AM Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
 
We bought the junior architect tour as a gift for our daughter's 9th birthday. She has recently become interested in architecture, so we thought it would be perfect. And it was! The compound of Taliesin West is beautiful on its own. Having an interesting tour geared towards kids was great! The tour guide gave interesting historical anecdotes and gave us all the feeling of what it would have been like to study under Wright. My daughter left feeling very excited about architecture and thanked us for the birthday gift. A great idea.
Rating: 5
The best!
Fri, Jun 26  10:30 AM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
This tour was perfect for my pre-teen aged kids. Our tour guide was very knowledgable and handled the kids in a respectful manner. He kept the material interesting and just above their level to challenge them to think. Talesin has been well-maintained And reflects the history nicely. I was very impressed with how pleasant everyone was and how accessible all areas of the home are.
Rating: 5
Great tour....
Sun, Jun 14  10:30 AM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
the Kid's really enjoyed the tour!

the guide was engaged, informative and it kept the children interested.

really enjoyed seeing all the various spaces within the campus.

thxs.
Rating: 5
Inspiration can't be taught!
Sun, Aug 3, 14  10:30 AM Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
 
We loved the tour. The kids enjoyed it and want to go back for the more in-depth details!! We learned a lot from our tour guide, who was a really well-read volunteer. When we left the kids went home and went straight to their Legos to "create"! I am excited to return.
 
Rating: 5
Wonderfully planned!
Thu, Jul 24, 14  10:30 AM Female 50-59 Local Unspecified
 
Excellently paced for junior architects!
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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.
Are there any age limits? What ages is the tour best for?
This tour is designed with school-aged children in mind. There are no age limits, however, note that younger children may not fully understand the content and get much out of it and older teenagers might find it too juvenile. As parents, you should use your best judgement as to whether your child will enjoy the tour. We do offer a reduced price tickets for Teens ages 13-17 and Youths ages 4-12. 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.
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, however, the Junior Architect Tour only runs during the summer. 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 - 4pm June - August and 8:30am - 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?
We do not currently sell gift certificates for this tour, but please check back soon for updates.
Can we do a private tour?
At this time the Junior Architect Tour is not available for private groups, but with advance notice (seven day notice preferred), individuals with very small groups may schedule one of our other tours. Please click on the "Contact TaliesinWest" link to discuss pricing and reservations.

About

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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