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Art and Culture in Phoenix

From museums to musicals to the old west, a visit to Greater Phoenix is a showcase of the budding arts, the culture scene and live shows. For art-loving visitors, Greater Phoenix offers a vast number of enchanting and unique museums. The world-class Phoenix Art Museum boasts more than 17,000 pieces in various collections. In Copper Square-Downtown Phoenix, discover Phoenix’s beginnings at the Museum of History or visit the distinctive Museo Chicano for an overview of historic and contemporary Mexican art.

Living History Museum

Other intriguing places include the Arizona Science Center, where you can explore the future as well as the past with hands-on exhibits. The Bead Museum offers a unique historical perspective with a collection exceeding 100,000 items. There are even museums devoted to dolls and toys, and mining and minerals.

Living History Museum

 

ARTS, PERFORMANCES & CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

ART GALLERIES
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Celebration of Fine Art
480.443.7695
Loop 101 and Scottsdale RoadScottsdale, AZ
www.celebrateart.com

A seasonal fine-art event.  It’s like visiting 100 juried artists’ studios in one day. Artists’ demonstrations and sculpture art.

To explore Arizona’s Native American cultures from past to present, visit Phoenix’s informative Heard Museum, with its fabulous collection of art and artifacts. Or stop by the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park which features intriguing archaeological sites including a prehistoric ruin. Located just outside the city, the Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum offers a glimpse of the past’s rugged pioneering life. Visitors find powwows, Indian markets and Territorial Day celebrations as well as Jeep tours to ancient villages and sites equally fascinating.

Arizona Science Center

The Greater Phoenix Area is also home to an impressive roster of performing arts companies and theaters. The sound of music soars to new levels of beauty at the Arizona Opera and Phoenix Symphony while Ballet Arizona continues to delight audiences with exciting dance productions. National touring groups and resident companies grace the Herberger and Orpheum Theaters, as well as the Gammage Auditorium.

 


Scottsdale Gallery Association

P.O. Box 2810  Scottsdale, AZ 85252

An association of fine art galleries dedicated to the promotion of the visual arts. Sponsor of the Scottsdale ArtWalk.

CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

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Arcosanti, The Cosanti Foundation
928.632.7135
HC 74, Box 4136, 1-17 at Cordes Junction, exit 262
Mayer, AZ 86333
www.arcosanti.org

Paolo Soleri’s architecture project is an “urban laboratory” in progress. Tours include Soleri bronze-bell foundry. Gift gallery, cafe, bakery, guest rooms, weekly dialogues with Soleri.

Cosanti Foundation
480.948.6145
6433 Doubletree Ranch Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

Paolo Soleri’s Cosanti Foundation. Paolo Soleri’s studios/gallery. Unique complex of earth-formed concrete structures housing the
foundries where the famous Soleri Windbells are made and sold. Visitors welcome.

MUSEUMS

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Arizona Capitol Museum
602.542.4675
1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
www.lib.az.us/museum/capitol.cfm

Built in 1900, the Capitol exhibits include restored offices, legislative chambers and the USS Arizona Silver. Open weekdays 8am-5pm. Free
tours 10am and 2pm or by appointment.  Wheelchair accessible. Free admission.

Arizona Doll & Toy Museum, Heritage Square-Science Park
602 East Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ

Featuring dolls, doll houses, miniatures and toys from yesteryear and familiar modern playthings. Gift shop.

Arizona Historical Society Museum
480.929.0292
1300 North College Avenue
Tempe, AZ 85281
www.ahs.state.az.us

Museum features 20th-century history. New upscale cultural center offers unique interactive exhibits, guided tours, museum shop and facility rental.

Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
602.255.3795
1502 West Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007
www.admmr.state.az.us/musgen.htm

tours 10am and 2pm or by appointment.  Wheelchair accessible. Free admission.

Arizona Science Center
602.716.2000
600 East Washington Street
Phoenix AZ 85004
www.azscience.org.

Explore 350 hands-on science exhibits, experience the excitement of a five-story-screen theater, and travel to space in a planetarium.
Admission varies.

The Bead Museum
623.931.2737
5754 West Glenn Drive
Glendale, AZ 85301
www.beadmuseumaz.org

The Bead Museum is home to more than 100,000 beads and beaded artifacts from earliest times to the present. Museum Store, tours and
classes available.

Challenger Space Center
623.322.2001
21170 North 83rd Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85382
www.azchallenger.org

Unique space-based education center where families, tourists, and others learn teamwork through the experience of a successful
simulated space mission. Proud to be a Smithsonian affiliate.

Deer Valley Rock Art Center
623.582.8007
3711 West Deer Valley Road  Phoenix, AZ 85308
www.asu.edu/clas/anthropology/dvrac

View more than 1,500 ancient petroglyphs along easy 1/2-mile trail in desert preserve. Indoor exhibits interpret the petroglyphs from
different points of view. Gift shop.  Admission varies.

Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting
602.275.3473
6101 East Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85008

The Hall of Flame houses the largest collection of fire apparatus, equipment and memorabilia in the world. Across from the Phoenix
Zoo on Van Buren St.

Heard Museum
602.252.8848
2301 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
www.heard.org.

The internationally acclaimed Heard Museum is one of the best places to experience the Native cultures and art of the Southwest.
See traditional items and Native American fine art. Amenities include cafe, auditorium, shop and 10 exhibition galleries. Admission.

Heritage & Science Park
602.262.5029
115 North 6th Street
Phoenix, AZ

Four square blocks including several museums, historic buildings, restaurants and gift shops.

Heritage Square
602.262.5071
115 North 6th Street
Phoenix, AZ

A historic park with structures from the city’s original town site.

Hoo-Hoogam Ki Museum
480.362.6320
10005 East Osborne Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Located on the Salt River Indian Reservation, just minutes east of Scottsdale. The museum features the cultural lifeways of the
Pima and Maricopa tribes.

Museo Chicano
CLOSED until further notice
147 East Adams Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Museum, with gift shop and bookstore, presenting Latino arts, history and culture.

Phoenix Art Museum
602.257.1880
1625 North Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004
www.phxart.org

The largest in the Southwest, the Museum features special exhibitions and more than 16,000 works in its collection of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, contemporary art and fashion design. Interactive ArtWorks Gallery for children.

Phoenix Museum of History (Heritage and Science Park in Copper Square)
602.253.2734
105 North 5th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
www.pmoh.org

Interactive exhibits on early Phoenix history and development. Museum Store. Discounted parking and walking distance from the Civic Plaza. Meeting space available. Admission. Wheelchair-accessible.

Phoenix Police Museum
602.534.7278
101 South Central Avenue Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85004
https://phxpdmuseum.org

The Police Museum is located at the Barrister Place Building.

Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum
623.465.1052
3901 West Pioneer Road
Phoenix, AZ 85086. (exit 225 off 1-17 Highway)

Houses the largest collection of Territorial days-authentic historic buildings in the state. Working Blacksmith, School, Exhibit Hall, Petting Zoo, Trolley Rides, Old West Gunfights.

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park
877.706.4408
4619 East Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
www.pueblogrande.com

Experience a prehistoric Hohokarn ruin. Fascinating exhibits feature the ancient Hohokam, archaeology and Southwestern themes. Exciting workshops and tours. Museum store with authentic Indian arts.

Rosson House Historic Museum
602.262.5029
6th & Monroe Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Restored historic home built in 1895.

Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum at Goldfield Ghost Town
480.983.0333
P.O. Box 3845
Apache Junction, AZ 85217
www.superstitionmountainmuseum.org

Arizona geology and wildlife, Native American artifacts, exhibits featuring local artists and premier collection of maps/books on the Superstitions and the Lost Dutchman’s gold.

PERFORMING ARTS & THEATERS

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ASU’s Gammage Auditorium
480.965.5062
Arizona State University, P.O. Box 870105
Tempe, AZ 85287.  (located at Mill Avenue and Apache Boulevard)
www.asugammage.com

Gammage Auditorium offers the best in performing arts from Broadway shows to concerts, dance, comedy and more.

Actors Theatre of Phoenix
P.O. Box 1924
Phoenix, AZ 85001
www.atphx.org

A professional theater company in the heart of downtown Phoenix. Presenting New York-quality productions at the city’s premier arts venueclassics, contemporary and musicals.

Arizona Theatre Company
602.256.6995
502 West Roosevelt Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
www.arizonatheatre.org

Arizona’s leading professional theater company produces a variety of playsfrom classics to contemporary worksfeaturing talents from throughout the world. Staged at the Herberger Theater Center.

Ballet Arizona
602.381.0184
3645 East Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018
www.balletaz.org

Ballet Arizona is the Southwest’s premier professional ballet company. Performances are held at the Orpheum Theatre and Symphony Hall in Phoenix, and at various theaters throughout the state.

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre
CLOSED until further notice
5247 East Brown Road
Mesa, AZ 85205

This new, 500-seat, year-round, professional dinner theater presents full-length Broadway musicals and comedies combined with a savory buffet meal to create a dinner-and-show package that is exceptional!

Dodge Theatre
602.379.2800
400 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85001
www.dodgetheatre.com

It is completely different and is a state-of-the-art entertainment venue designed specifically for concerts, Broadway and family-stage shows, boxing and convention meetings.

Herberger Theater Center
602.252.8497
222 East Monroe
Phoenix, AZ 85004
www.herbergertheater.org

The Herberger Theater Center is a two-stage complex featuring year-round music, drama and dance performances presented by four resident professional performing companies.

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Phoenix Symphony
800.776.9080
455 North 3rd Street Suite 390
Phoenix, AZ 85004
www.phoenixsymphony.org

Arizona’s largest performing-arts group presents classics, pops, family, chamber concerts and special events. Call for a schedule and group discounts.

Valley Youth Theatre
602.253.8188
525 North 1st Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
www.vyt.com

Valley Youth Theatre is an award-winning theater company that features Phoenix’s finest young actors providing a full season of musicals and plays for audiences of all ages.