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Heard Museum, Phoenix

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Heard Museum showcases both historical Native American artifacts and contemporary culture. The museum is recognized as a "Phoenix Point of Pride." It is known internationally for its festivals and educational programs, such as World Championship Hoop Dance contest, the Spanish market, and Indian fair and market. The exhibits showcase thousands of pieces, including dolls, jewelry, and textiles. Many represent the Southwestern tribal nations who still live traditionally in the region. Take part in a guided tours--they are included in the admission price. Put Heard Museum and other Phoenix attractions into our Phoenix trip planning tool, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • This is certainly the pinnacle of the museums exhibiting Native American art and artifacts. And along with the works of art, education about Indian Boarding Schools, Navajo rugs, Katsinam, and the...  more »
  • The Heard Museum really represents the culture and art of Phoenix. Beautiful permanent exhibits showcase the best of Native American Art as well as inform and educate. Installations and special shows....  more »
  • The first exhibit on the local indigenous peoples and their attachment to the land is a good historical introduction with superb examples of the art. The display on the impact of boarding schools is....  more »
  • An outstanding museum featuring a mixture of Native American history and Native American art. Free docent led tours are available and are a great way to receive an overview of the museum and the history of the Native American people of the Southwest. Some highlights of the museum: The museum has a large selection of pottery featuring the different styles from the various tribes with explanations on how they have evolved. The Katsina collection is simply outstanding and features the Goldwater collection. There is a rotating modern art display highlighting the evolution of Native American art. The history of the Native American Boarding schools is something everyone should see to learn the history and impact of the schools on Native American tribes and their culture.
  • A very in depth look at native culture in the southwestern United States. They had an entire exhibit about the Indian boarding schools, which I didn't even know about. This is probably the biggest collection of Native art I've ever seen, much of it traditional but some more modern.
  • A must- see for Phoenix visitors! I took two tours - one of the boarding school exhibit and one of the general collection. Both were very informative and the guides were able to answer all questions thoroughly. The building itself is beautiful, employees are friendly and helpful, and the exhibits have excellent signage. I also enjoyed the variety of exhibits offered.
  • Such a good Museum. Learn about Indians. Sorry for their stories. Specially boarding school of their child hood. But also so nice to know the carpets how they made. Such a good combinations with colors.
  • Thank you to the marvellous tour guides operating Sunday afternoon. My experience couldn't have been better! My favourite part was the Indian School exhibit. As a Canadian we are also beginning to feature this dark time in our nation's history.

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