Visit and Tour
Guided Tours of Cosanti
Experience the site which launched the movement to promote the creation of alternative urban landscapes sustainably integrated with the natural world. The tour includes pioneering architect Paolo Soleri's design studio, residential structures, the bronze foundry and ceramics apses, all hand-made with the iconic silt-cast concrete method. Today, the site is home to Cosanti Originals, where the world-renowned bronze and ceramic wind bells are made of Soleri's design.
Tours Monday - Saturday: 9:15 am | 10:45 am
Bronze Pours: Monday - Friday
No Tours on Sunday
Duration: 60 minutes
Tour Prices: Donation-based
Please check in at the Gallery 10-15 minutes prior to your tour. Latecomers will not be admitted to the tour.
Guided tours are limited to 12 people. Self-guided tours are not permitted. Cosanti is open daily for tours except New Year’s Day, Easter, Independence Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
Donations Are Encouraged In Lieu Of Tour Fee
Tours of Cosanti, a cultural site on the Arizona Registry of Historic Places, are offered without a fee, but donations are encouraged.
Donations benefit The Cosanti Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to influencing a balance between the built world and the environment, the well-being of the planet and humankind. Since 1965, The Cosanti Foundation has been an important voice in the global conservation about adapting the way humankind consumes resources on a planet already stressed by explosive population growth, a dramatically changing climate, and limited natural resources.
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CONSENT AND RELEASE WAIVER
Tour-goers are required to complete a Consent and Release Waiver prior to touring of Cosanti.Our easy-to-use online form makes completing a waiver for a single tour-goer or a large group quick and efficient. Additionally, parents or guardians of minors can complete a waiver on their behalf using the online form.Once you've reserved your tour, a link to the online form is sent in the tour reservation confirmation email.
COVID-19 SAFETY MEASURES
While masks are no longer required at Cosanti Originals, they are strongly encouraged. Cosanti Originals has followed CDC guidelines throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and will continue to do so.
Many people with physical disabilities, who use the aid of a wheelchair or other mobility equipment, may find themselves limited by narrow pathways, uneven pavement, steps, or other accessibility-challenged spaces. ADA-accessible restroom facilities are not available.
While there will be strategic stopping and resting points during the indoor/outdoor one-hour tour of Cosanti, tourgoers should be aware that the experience involves a good deal of walking and standing, sometimes in the sun. Please be sure to plan accordingly, bringing water and using sun protection.
Tours Are Offered Year-round, Excluding Holidays
Please note that Cosanti is open almost every day of the year but is closed on occasion in observance of the following holidays:
- New Year's Day
- Fourth of July
- Christmas Day
On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, Cosanti is open only until 1pm. No tours are offered on the holidays listed above.
No Time to Tour? Come Watch the Pour
Locals know that Cosanti is one of the best places to bring out-of-town visitors or friends in the Valley who’ve yet to discover Cosanti! Of course, it’s best to take the one-hour guided tour but if you’re short on time, don’t skip Cosanti altogether: come watch the bronze pour!
In a carefully-choreographed process, skilled foundry artisans deftly pour the superheated bronze from a crucible into molds carved with the designs and patterns that will make each windbell one-of-a-kind. Don’t miss this "cool" spectacle where the 2,200 degree bronze flows like orange juice in both color and consistency, dazzling visitors for decades.
The bronze pour is only offered weekday mornings at 9:30, 10:30, & 11:30 daily.
Please Note: On occasion, Cosanti may be open to the public but bronze pours are canceled due to weather conditions (excessive heat, heavy rain, unseasonably low temperatures, etc.) without advance notice. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.