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
- Seminar Theater
- Frank Lloyd Wright's private office
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Took the Night tour
|dbessler||Fri, Nov 27 5:30 PM||Male||50-59||Local||Couple on a Date|
We were unbelievably impressed with the depth of the tour and the knowledge of our guide. This should be on all Phoenicians Local bucket list. Going to come back and take a day tour too.
It was an amazing and informative tour...
|VColburn||Fri, Oct 30 6:00 PM||Male||40-49||Local||Couple on a Date|
I've lived here in the valley for about 12yrs now and have always wanted to take the tour!
Dan/Don was our tour guide and was just spectacular!! He was very informative with a touch humor.
The tour itself was just awesome and the fact that we could sit and touch some of the areas of the property was very interactive and just cool!!
I will DEFINITELY come back and take the tour again!!
|3244dani||Fri, Oct 30 6:00 PM||Female||60-69||Combination||Group of Friends|
Even better at night than in the daylight!
|Pamnmark||Fri, Oct 23 7:00 PM||Female||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
The tour and our guide were excellent. We enjoyed learning about the history of the place and the person - it was fantastic!! Will definitely recommend it highly.
|JEFFCOLLINS||Fri, Oct 23 6:30 PM||Male||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
My wife and I have always been interested in Frank Lloyd Wright architecture. We have seen programs showing the Taliesin West home but never experienced it in person. We were overwhelmed with the tour of 2 + hours and took many pictures. We especially enjoyed the fact that we could touch things, sit on furniture and wander about the rooms. We took the evening Lighted Tour which was fantastic. Our Tour guide was superb and fun to be with. It was my wife's ideas to get the tickets and I am glad she did. Highly recommend this tour to others.
Loved the ever changing shapes
|Coachlang||Fri, Oct 23 6:30 PM||Male||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Individual|
What a great representation of architecture using mostly organic materials. Worth the time investment!
|sheschu||Fri, Oct 16 6:00 PM||Female||40-49||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
This is the second time I've toured Taliesin West but the first time at night. Very cool, even in the rain. Wish we lived closer so I could go again sometime soon.
I am a professional tour guide
|AllanJames||Fri, Oct 9 7:00 PM||Male||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Group of Friends|
The tour guide was off...three times he told us he was a professional tour guide and he had a wife and kids to support and this was his full time job. Seemed to love to talk without offering much info of value. Easily distracted. Told us we were going to see something then told us we couldnt see something because he didnt want to lose his job. Meanwhile we watched the group before us and after us went into said places. Spent a lot of money for so little valuable info. Seemed like a nice property and there has to be more info to share about the school and some of its alumni but all we got was half hearted scuttlebutt
|masira||Fri, Oct 9 6:30 PM||Male||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Individual|
Our guide (Karl) was very well spoken and very knowledgable.
Fascinating background on a remarkable compound
|cangelroth||Fri, Oct 2 6:30 PM||Female||30-39||Domestic Tourist(s)||Individual|
I'd definitely recommend this tour. The sights were worth it, and the guide was also friendly and knowledgeable. It really helped me to better appreciate the beauty of desert.
- 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.
Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin West
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.