10 Best Museums in Phoenix: Exploring the Valley's Best Cultural Attractions
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 newest and most exciting 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.... Read more »
The Heard Museum is one of the world's best living repositories of authentic and rare Native American art.
Local Expert Tip: "Stop by the Heard Museum gift shop for a large collection of authentic, handmade artwork, Navajo rugs, Kachina dolls, jewelry, and home decor. "
The Phoenix Art Museum offers family-friendly exhibits and hands-on displays for art lovers of all ages.
Local Expert Tip: "Free admission/voluntary donation every Wednesday, 3-9pm."
The Musical Instrument Museum is the only museum in the country of its kind, a fun and informative look at music-making around the world.
Local Expert Tip: "Check the daily schedule for Museum Encounters, thirty-minute musical demonstrations that allow musician-teaching artists to perform for and interact with museum guests. Museum Encounters are free with admission."
The Deer Valley Rock Art Center offers a fascinating peek into the pre-European history of central Arizona.
Local Expert Tip: "Outdoor picnic tables and an amphitheater area make perfect picnic spots at this scenic attraction."
This unique kid-centric museum offers hands-on fun that will even entice grown-ups to join in on the fun.
Local Expert Tip: "Admission to the Children's Museum of Phoenix is free every first Friday of the month."
The Arizona Capitol Museum offers an interesting look back at Arizona's pre-statehood days.
Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss the U.S.S. Arizona display at this free museum, a can't-miss for history buffs. "
The Arizona Science Center offers hands-on educational fun for kids and adults of all ages in downtown Phoenix.
Local Expert Tip: "Every first Tuesday of the month, visitors age 62+ are invited to visit Arizona Science Center for free."
The ASU Art Museum is one of the best venues for contemporary art in the city.
Local Expert Tip: "Free admission. Please note that the museum is closed on Sunday, Monday and holidays."
Pueblo Grande is a fun way to explore Phoenix's prehistoric past with the whole family.
Local Expert Tip: "Pueblo Grande also hosts monthly lectures and demonstrations with local artists. "
The Shemer Art Center and Museum is a hidden gem in the local museum scene. Come to walk among the stunning large-scale sculptures.
Local Expert Tip: "The Shemer Art Center and Museum hosts an active free lecture series for art-lovers."
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