Heard Museum, Phoenix

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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  • We went to the Heard Museum that was founded in 1929 and which is dedicated to advancing American Indian art and history. We saw the exhibition about the Indian boarding schools called “Away from Home...  more »
  • Although I assumed this would be very good because of its connection with the Smithsonian, the displays and tour were exceptional. We thought it would be mainly Indian "wall" art, however, there were ...  more »
  • Take time to tour this museum focused on local native American history. Detailed displays on the seven local tribes. 500+ Kachina dolls, ancient pottery, and more contemporary art that is native-Ameri...  more »
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  • Wow! This museum is so beautiful and full of information! Very clean! The staff was so friendly and helpful! Our tour guide for the southwest (older gentlemen with great sense of humor) made the tour so much fun and kept my attention. He knows his history and is very credible with his experience. Thank you for making this memorable!!!!!
  • My wife and I enjoyed our visit immensely. The collection of Southwestern Native American art and artifacts is very, very impressive. I was told that besides the many rooms of items on display, there are forty thousand plus items archived. They also have a library of scholarly work and primary source documents. We enjoyed a guided tour of the displays and the guide was very knowledgeable of the period pieces and of more recent and currently working artists who are celebrating the various groups and time periods. Besides the main museum, they have a performance space, a shop for regional artists to sell their pieces, mostly weaving and jewelry, a book shop, and two cafes. The outdoor spaces are inviting and quiet. We overheard a couple planning their wedding, to be in the courtyard. Well worth the time to spend a half day or more there.
  • Very incredible and a big value for the cost of admission. I'll need to visit at least twice more to understand what is to offer. The cafe was also a highlight. The menu choices produced a Wow! The food, service, and cost matched. Excellent!
  • I've been going to the Heard Museum since I was a kid. Their collection of Native American artifacts and current items is breathtaking. But there is so much more that that. They help us to step into the cultures and understand the beautiful way the Native Americans value and respect all life. Look at the monthly calendars to see what great lectures and events they have. The museum is wheelchair friendly.
  • I hadn't been to the Heard Museum since I was a kid, so I was very impressed with what I saw. The artwork was beautiful and diverse; everything from traditional weavings to modern mixed media art. I liked that tribal affiliations were noted on the various pieces. I also attended the Native American Art Show and Market. The artists were there, and were very approachable. Great traditional dancers, with an emcee who described the meaning of the dances. Plenty of food booths. Lots of seating areas. Great experience!
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