Phoenix is home to a growing list of museums and cultural arts venues, offering visitors plenty to see and do during their stay in the Valley of the Sun.
One of the most unique museums in town is the Musical Instrument Museum, or the MIM, which allows visitors to experience music from around the world. A huge collection of musical instruments representing over 200 countries around the world give visitors a taste of the sounds and rhythms of different regions.
Art lovers won't want to miss the Phoenix Art Museum, featuring a strong collection of European and Asian art, as well as an impressive Modern Art wing.
Explore the city's southwestern history at Pueblo Grande Museum and Archeology Park, where visitors get an up-close look at prehistoric Hohokam ruins, including a ball court.
The Deer Valley Petroglyph Preserve just north of town provides another fascinating glimpse into Southwestern history, with more than 1500 identified petroglyphs etched on the rocks along this prehistoric trade route.
Finally, visit one of the world's greatest repositories of Native American art with a stop at the famous Heard Museum. If you're looking for a good place to find authentic Native American jewelry, rugs and crafts, be sure to stop at the museum's popular gift shop.