Frequently Asked Questions

Museum Gallery

Museum guests enjoying artwork by Andy Warhol. Photo: Anthony Zeh

What is SMoCA?

A small-scale Museum devoted to contemporary art, architecture and design.

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; Free for Members; Free 15 and under;
Free on Thursdays (noon – 9:00 p.m.)
Free Thursdays are courtesy of Tiffany & Bosco P.A. and Great American Title Agency, Inc.
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Free from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday

Do you have to be a Member to attend SMoCA’s Opening Celebrations?

SMoCA’s Openings happen three times per year in fall, spring and summer. These events are free and open to the general public.

Upcoming Openings


What is currently on display in the galleries at SMoCA?

SMoCA typically features 2–5 exhibitions each season that change roughly every three months during fall, spring and winter. Check the current exhibitions. SMoCA also houses a permanent James Turrell Skyspace in its outdoor courtyard that can be accessed during museum hours.

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 9:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Museum is free on Thursdays and free after 5:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

*Note: free Museum admission does not include tickets to special Friday SMoCA Lounge events

Does SMoCA have a café?

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?

Yes, please see our tour page for various offerings. To schedule a private tour, call 480.874.4641.

Does SMoCA allow photography?

Photography in some exhibitions and galleries is allowed for personal use only (flash and tripods 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!

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!

What is the Young@Art Gallery?

The Young@Art Gallery is curated by SMoCA’s Education Department and is dedicated to the creative work of youth. It is located next door to SMoCA inside the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts building. Admission to the Young@Art Gallery 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?

A mixed-used space in the Museum designed as a “living installation” for events, gatherings and presentations. For rentals, call 480.874.4604 or visit online. To contact the SMoCA Lounge Program Coordinator about events, email

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 an educational program, please call the SMoCA Development Office at 480.874.4686.

Does SMoCA have a rental program?

Yes! The Museum, the SMoCA Lounge and the outdoor James Turrell Skyspace are all available to rent for private events. Contact the Facility Rental Manager for more details at 480.874.4604 or

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

How do you submit your artwork to SMoCA for consideration?

SMoCA does accept unsolicited artists submissions. Please see instructions on how to properly submit work here.

Also, if you are an Arizona artist interested in selling your work at the Store@SMoCA, please fill out an application for the store’s Arizona by Design section or email

Are there any special programs or events that I can enjoy during my visit?

Check our calendar listings online and consider adding a performance presented by our sister division, the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, to your visit! Generally, SMoCA tries to provide on-going evening programs that complement the exhibitions on Free Thursdays. Also, the SMoCA Lounge often presents ticketed events on select Fridays.

How do I purchase event tickets?

For SMoCA Lounge ticketed event series (Lit Lounge, Good ‘N Plenty, Grab Bag and Arm Wrestling for Art), check online Lounge Events or call the Box Office 480.499.TKTS (8587).

For No Festival Required Independent Cinema film tickets (in SMoCA Lounge), purchase tickets at SMoCA’s front desk or call the admissions desk during Museum hours for advance tickets at 480.874.4666.

For tickets to SMoCA’s Annual Fundraiser event, visit online or call the Box Office 480.499.TKTS (8587).

For tickets to Lunch + Lit book discussions or other Friends of SMoCA special events, including travel engagements:  Email or call 480.874.4671.

Can I exchange or return tickets?

Tickets may be exchanged up to two days in advance of the event date for other SMoCA or Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts ticketed events that are processed by the Box Office (*please see exchange fee details below) are free at this time and are allowed up to two days before event date.

There are no refunds –  i.e. no ticket “returns”

Note: The Box Office is not able to make exchanges from Performing Arts ticketed events to No Festival Required films, Lunch + Lit or other Friends of SMoCA special events etc. and vice-versa.

Can you reserve seating for SMoCA events?

All SMoCA events (excluding the Annual Fundraiser) are general seating only. Free events sometimes require an RSVP via email to help the staff prepare for crowd numbers, but do not guarantee seating. Space is limited. First come, first served.