Founded in 1959, the Phoenix Art Museum now claims the title of largest art museum in the Southwest with more than 18,000 works on display and continually rotating world-class exhibits. The permanent collection covers just about every subject, dividing into the categories American, Asian, Contemporary, European, Fashion, Latin America, Modern, Photography and Western America.
You will discover paintings dating from the 1800s to the present, fashion from various time periods, sculptures in a wide range of mediums, historical artifacts, amazing photographs, and other interesting works, including oddities like a giant red dinosaur and the hanging wooden remnants of a burned down church.
To see our personal favorite, head to the south wing of the upper level and tucked in a corner you will find the work “You Who are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies.” Stepping into this room feels like stepping into space with stars stretching off to infinity in every direction.
In addition to the artwork, you can visit The Gene and Cathie Lemon Art Research Library that houses more than 40,000 research books. The museum also contains a restaurant called Palette and The Museum Store. Those who live in the area can attend regular events at the museum including films, lectures, workshops, tours and family activities.
Location: 1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Regularly $18 adults, $15 seniors, $13 students, $9 children 6 to 17, Free for children 5 and under.
Free every Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m., on First Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., on Second Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Second Sundays from Noon to 5 p.m.
– Justin Ferris, Phoenix.org