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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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  • Beautiful museum which promotes understanding and appreciation of the many native cultures in AZ and the Southwest. Beautiful artwork and a fabulous gift shop... always a lot of events and if you're i...  more »
  • Wonderful Indian crafts as well as fascinating fence of glass scultures. Several tours and guides so check times of tours on their website. One of the most fascinating sections to me is the upstairs e...  more »
  • A wonderful display of Native American art and culture. Take advantage of free guided exhibition tour...knowledgeable and friendly staff. Don’t miss this gem...free entrance on Friday evenings.  more »
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  • The Heard Museum taught me just how ignorant I was when it comes to the Native Americans. I was deeply touched by the school exhibit, & can only imagine how awful it was for those Indian children. I loved the exhibit featuring the works of T.C. Cannon , & also the jewelry of Robert Chavez. I was amazed by the ledger drawings that survived from the 1800's, they were absolutely amazing!! I am not a fan of the city, but the Heard Museum was like a little piece of Heaven in the center of the city. It was peaceful & serene. The cafe was also wonderful. The food was excellent & the staff was very courteous. I plan to go back to the museum, as one cannot adequately see everything in a single day.
  • The Heard Museum is filled with some stunning works of art from Native American artists. While you're enjoying the art, you get a bit of Native American culture and history as the icing on the cake. The artwork was in various forms - pottery, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, glass, drawings, etc. There were contemporary pieces along with some old artifacts and everything in between. There are some wonderful pieces for sale in the gift shop should you want an authentic memento from your trip to AZ.
  • What can I say... this museum thrives on exploiting the culture of indigenous people. I went and since we were all indigenous folks we got in free. The jewelery exhibit was lovely. But then we did a tour.... a white tour guide proceeded to explain how native people lived and acted. With his own rendition of how Pueblo tribes dance, NOT COOL. Those dances are not to be recreated outside of feast days! His summary of the feast day was dwindled down to him getting free food. He didn't even pronounce the name of the tribe correctly. When we got to the boarding school exhibit he said the natives were savages who had been here for thousands of years.... sigh. Furthermore, the majority of the people employed there were white and most the visitors were white. The guy in the gift shop gave us an attitude for taking a pic. Asked us to leave.... so sad that they exploit our cultures but don't want us there to observe or question how they choose to represent us.
  • I visit this museum every year and enjoy it always. If you want to know about the native Americans, this is the place. Just wonderful. My philosophy students learn a lot and we all love the food, especially the fried bread.
  • The Heard was outstanding in presenting the art of the native people. We especially enjoyed the beautiful pottery and the art of T C Cannon. The sculptures were amazing. All in all an excellent way to spend a day with a friend.
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