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
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Interesting Insight Into A Design Genius
|LindeeClaire||Fri, May 22 6:30 PM||Female||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
Being able to tour the home and work space of such an important design innovator as Frank Lloyd Wright was an amazing experience. To see how he lived, made the design decisions he did, and how he carried them out provided fascinating insight into such a creative genius.
Terrific I would go again for sure.
|TonyJacobs||Fri, May 22 6:30 PM||Male||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
Don our tour guide was great. Very informed and had lots of great tidbits. We did the Night Lights Tour and would liked to have done the same thing during the daytime as well. The look at night was special. We had a chance to meet one of the students from the 50's that had managed the Guggenheim back in the day. How special was that?
I saw a tower at a shopping mall the next day, the idea was taken straight from Taliesan West. Amazing. Went back the next day and had to buy something as a token of the experience and just walk around in the area we were allowed in. Even looking into the windows of the closed offices was special.
If you're into the roots of a certain architectural thought. This is was great!!!
Lovely Evening with a Great Guide
|whereizmarth||Fri, May 22 6:30 PM||Female||30-39||Domestic Tourist(s)||Individual|
I was wary of the steep ticket price, but it was definitely worth it, and the money goes toward the preservation of the site. My visit started with a scenic drive out to the "camp". The guide had a wealth of knowledge about FLW and the site, so the two hours flew by! Also, you get to enjoy the sunset, which washes the camp in a beautiful light. Don't worry if you don't have a printer for the ticket; just pull it up on your smartphone.
Experience the Arizona Desert - In The City!
|hlambert721||Fri, May 8 7:00 PM||Female||30-39||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
You will experience wonderful views of the untouched Arizona desert directly within the heart of Scottsdale. I love seeing how Frank Lloyd Wright incorporates nature and organic resources into each and every living space. Tourist or local, everyone should take the opportunity to tour the property and learn about the amazing history of Taliesin West.
Informative and beautiful
|kenwuesq||Fri, May 8 6:30 PM||Male||40-49||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
I would recommend a Taliesin tour to friends, but may also suggest that they opt for a daytime tour. Seeing Taliesin at sunset and at night was great, but I would like to see the site in daylight, also.
It would have been good to learn more about the apprentices' living quarters and where they are located on campus.
Again, because it was a night tour, It would have been nice to see a large map of the campus to give visitors an idea of where they were on the site.
Night Lights Tour highly recommended
|Seabreeze925||Fri, May 1 7:00 PM||Male||70+||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family With Children|
The tour begins just as the sun is setting and concludes after dark. Several opportunities are provided for participants to sit and listen to the guide. Our guide was very knowledgable about Frank Lloyd Wright and his idiosynchrosies. If I had one suggestion to make, I'd like the guide to be "miked up", since with 12-15 people in a group, you're not always able to be near the guide (and our guide had a cold, so was not likely speaking at his normal voice level). Discounting that, the tour is well worth the price and time commitment, especially if you're a follower of FLW.
Educational and enjoyable
|Bkarabaich||Fri, May 1 7:00 PM||Male||60-69||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
Seeing it in the evening really demonstrated Wright's philosophy of combining the human and nature.
Inspirational and Informative
|swettge||Fri, May 1 6:30 PM||Male||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Family Without Children|
As with any tour, the tour guide can make or break the experience. We had a wonderful guide ( and I get the impression many of them are) who gave us the freedom to make the tour whatever we wanted it to be (keep up, or stop and enjoy one area and takes photos and catch up) and who was a wealth of knowledge and interesting stories about Mr Wright, personal and professional insights and the creation and on going workings of Taliesin West.....
Engaging, informative, rewarding
|dande69||Fri, May 1 6:30 PM||Male||50-59||Domestic Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
Loved Bruce as our guide!
|dennislunau||Fri, Apr 24 7:00 PM||Male||60-69||International Tourist(s)||Couple on a Date|
My wife and I returned for a second time. The tour guide was tremendous, very informative. It was great to experience Taliesin as the sun went down and the full effect of the lighting was evident. A super way to spend 2 hours enjoying Taliesin West. Will return on our next visit.
- 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.