Heard Museum holds a place of honor as one of the Valley’s top cultural attractions and a prime destination for learning about Native American arts and culture. Founded in 1929 with little recognition, it now offers 12 galleries and more than 44,000 pieces of traditional and contemporary native American art, along with historical artifacts.
Two collections of note are the 3,600 works and documents that chronicle the American Indian Fine Art Movement in the 20th century, and 1,200 katsina dolls donated by Senator Barry M. Goldwater and the Fred Harvey Company. You can also enjoy an impressive outdoor sculpture garden.
Heard Museum plays host to numerous rotating and traveling exhibitions, as well as events. Every March the Heard Museum hosts Arizona’s largest Indian Fair and Market. More than 700 Native American artists bring works to the fair.
The facility also houses a library of with information about indigenous art around the world and almost 25,000 American Indian artists. Educational resources and school tours are available as well.
Location: 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix
Monday-Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: $18 adults, $13.50 seniors, $7.50 College Students and ages 6-17, Free for children 5 years or under, Free for American Indians, Free on First Friday.
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– Suzanne Wilson, Phoenix.org