Discover Cosanti

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COSANTI: WHERE NATURE, ARCHITECTURE AND ART MEET

Experience the imaginative experiments in architecture built by pioneering architect Paolo Soleri (1919-2013) at Cosanti, his former residence and design studio that today is home to Cosanti Originals, where the world-renowned bronze and ceramic Cosanti Windbells are made.

Small group and "outdoor mostly," these insightful and informative tours about the one-time apprentice to celebrated architect Frank Lloyd Wright and his inspired structures, are led by a knowledgeable tour guide and last approximately one hour.  

 

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GUIDED TOUR SCHEDULE

Guided tours are limited to 12 people and offered Monday – Saturday at 9:15am and 10:30am. Please note: self-guided tours are not permitted. We recommend that you use the calendar below to make your tour reservation. 

 

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

Effective Friday, August 13, Cosanti Originals will again require the wearing of face masks covering both the mouth and nose due to an increase in the transmission of COVID-19 nationwide.

The new requirement applies to employees, visitors, shoppers, and tour-goers and is in line with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s new guidelines recommending that fully vaccinated individuals wear masks in public spaces. Cosanti Originals has followed CDC guidance throughout the Covid-19 Pandemic and will continue to evaluate its mask protocol as CDC guidance is updated.

ACCESSIBILITY

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.

OUTDOOR CONDITIONS

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.

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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
  • Easter
  • Juneteenth
  • Fourth of July
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • 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.

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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 approximately 9:30am and 10:30am.

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.

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PRIVATE AND GROUP TOURS

For inquiries regarding private, group, or school tours, please email tours@cosanti.com.