What is SMoCA?
A small-scale Museum devoted to contemporary art, architecture and design.
Where is SMoCA located?
Is parking available?
Free, mostly covered parking is conveniently located next to the museum on Drinkwater Boulevard and Wells Fargo Avenue. Additional nearby parking is located at the Scottsdale Civic Center Library on Drinkwater Boulevard and 2nd Street.
How much is admission?
$10 adults, $7 students, seniors (65+) and veterans
Free for members and children under 15
Free on Thursdays and every second Saturday of the month
If I am a Member, do I receive free admission to SMoCa?
How do I purchase event tickets?
Can I exchange or return tickets?
Tickets may be exchanged up to two days in advance of the event date for ticketed events that are processed by the Box Office.
There are no refunds – i.e. no ticket “returns”
Do SMoCA event tickets also grant free admission to the Museum?
Plan your visit
Is SMoCA appropriate for Children and Families?
Most of the exhibitions at SMoCA are both appropriate and recommended for children and families; however, occasionally we do show artworks with adult content. When this is the case, we inform visitors with signage in the Museum lobby and galleries. Interested in a family friendly tour? Contact us.
What is SMoCA's accessibility?
A wheelchair is available for Museum visitors to borrow. Wall texts in large print are available at our front retail desk.
Is SMoCA open on holidays?
SMoCA is closed on major holidays and Mondays.
Is SMoCA open late?
SMoCA is open until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Museum is free every Thursday and second Saturday of the month.
Does SMoCA have a cafe?
Although SMoCA does not have a café, take advantage of the many restaurants and bars directly surrounding the Museum’s art campus.
Can I bring food & drinks to SMoCA?
Food and drink are not allowed in the exhibition spaces where there is artwork present, but for some programs that take place in the SMoCA Lounge, food and drink are permitted.
Does SMoCA offer tours?
Does SMoCA have a gift shop?
Yes! The Store@SMoCA offers classic design objects and furnishings, contemporary jewelry, art and architecture books and imaginative gifts for all occasions. Also, there is an additional gift store next door at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts building. Two great gift stores all on one campus!
Does SMoCA allow photography?
Photography in some exhibitions and galleries is allowed for personal use only (flash, tripods, and selfie sticks are not allowed). Please check exhibition signage to see if photography is permissible. Use #SMoCA to tag your photos on social media. We just may follow you back!
Can you reserve seating for SMoCA events?
All SMoCA events are general seating only. Free events sometimes require an RSVP to help the staff prepare for crowd numbers, but do not guarantee seating. Space is limited. First come, first served.
About the Gallery
What is currently on display in the galleries at SMoCA?
What is Center Space?
Center Space is curated by the Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation branch. The gallery is a newly imagined community space for visitors to learn about the arts by doing. Each fall and spring exhibition will feature hands-on activities or interactive displays. It is located next door to SMoCA inside the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts building. Admission to Center Space is free and its hours are Monday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday: noon – 5:00 p.m.
What is SMoCA Lounge?
Does SMoCa accept donations?
Yes. A donation box can be found in the Museum’s front lobby near the admission desk.
If you or your business wish to inquire about sponsoring a Museum exhibition or program, please call the SMoCA Development Office at 480.874.4620.
Does SMoCA have a rental program?
Does SMoCA have a permanent collection?
Yes, SMoCA has a collection of about 2,000 artworks ranging from paintings and works on paper to decorative arts to video and sculpture. Visit our collection page to view a sampling. We have a permanent collection exhibition annually. For additional questions about the collection contact SMoCA@scottsdalearts.org.