Night Lights Tour

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West

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  • 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.

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

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

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

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

  • 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.

The romance of Taliesin West comes to life during our special evening tour, the 2-Hour Night Lights Tour.  The structures, lit from within, appear as sculptures and the renown fire-breathing dragon sculpture makes a guest appearance while Wright's desert masterpiece glows warmly like a jewel spotlighted by the bright Arizona moon. You'll experience a truly dramatic and romantic setting.

This tour incorporates all the spaces shown on the Insights Tour, along with some additional sites and some light refreshments.  Some of the highlights include:
  • The living quarters and the dramatic Taliesin West “Garden Room.”
  • Cabaret Theater
  • Music Pavilion
  • Seminar Theater
  • Frank Lloyd Wright's private office
This tour brings to light elements which focus on Wright's amazing ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.  This tour is highly recommended as an enchanting way to view Wright’s home.

Meeting Location

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

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348 Reviews Rating: 4.7 4.7 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Great experience
Fri, Jun 26  7:15 PM Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
 
Guide oanks.utstanding, enjoyed the night, th
Rating: 5
Daytime Temps Were Too Much--Evening Tour is Great
Fri, Jun 19  7:15 PM Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
 
Our guide was knowledgeable about the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and the history of the buildings and we thoroughly enjoyed out two hours with him.
 
Rating: 5
Worth it!
Fri, Jun 19  7:15 PM Male 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
 
This was such a fun tour and even in the middle of the summer in AZ. My only slight complaint would be a little too much history about Taliesin and not enough about design and architecture, however, I am sure people are more interested in the history than I am.
Rating: 4
Interesting
Fri, Jun 19  7:00 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
 
After reading Loving Frank, it was interesting to hear about him from a much different perspective.
Rating: 5
Really enjoyed the tour
Fri, Jun 19  7:00 PM Female Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
 
The tour was great. Our tour guide was also very good. Seeing the inside of Frank Lloyd Wright's home was an experience I will not soon forget. Since college I have had an interest in his work, touring some of the home's he has built. Seeing he's living quarters as well as the rest of the compound let us see how he used simple materials to create his organic space. I also learned about the boys and the school of architecture and gained an insight into how they lived. The lights that came on at night enhanced the look of the grounds. I recommend this tour to anyone.
Rating: 5
Grandson inspired
Fri, Jun 12  7:15 PM Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
 
We were a group of 3 generations and all of were impressed. My 9 year old grandson now wants to be an architect. He really liked the Lego display.
Rating: 5
excellent tour, the bonus being a lovely sunset t
Fri, Jun 12  7:15 PM Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
 
Evening shadows complimented the tour guides very knowledgeable understanding of the Taliesin complex.
Rating: 4
Very Informative!
Fri, Jun 12  7:15 PM Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
 
Our guide was Myrna and she was awesome. Our tour was the last one of the day (7:15pm) and it was perfect timing as the sun was setting and the city lights were becoming visible. Myrna knew her stuff and answered all of our questions. My 8yr old nephew was with us and even he said he enjoyed the tour, especially the Lego replica of the Taliesin West property.
Rating: 5
Best Thing to Do in Scottsdale!
Fri, Jun 12  6:30 PM Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
 
Not only were the grounds gorgeous and the tour informative, I was thrilled to be able to actually touch items on the grounds, including sitting on FLW's furniture. Seeing the sun set over the desert was phenomenal. My only regret is that they were unable to get the firebreathing dragon lit. I highly recommend this tour to anyone even remotely close to the area.
Rating: 5
very good
Fri, Jun 5  7:00 PM Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
 
a lot to take in
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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? Can we bring our kids?
Yes, children can attend the tour, however, this tour is not recommended for younger children. 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 children 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.
What type of refreshments are included on the tour?
About halfway through the tour we serve some light refreshments, which often include cookies and a beverage.
Is Taliesin West handicap 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 includes 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.
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 Night Lights Tour does not run all year round and generally runs from February - May, September - October and during the holidays in December. 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. However, keep in mind this tour includes some light refreshments half way through, often cookies and a beverage. We do not recommend bringing outside food or drink on your tour, unless you'd like to bring a bottle of water.
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.

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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