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Heard Museum

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Address: 2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004-1323
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+1 602-252-8848
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09:30 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
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The foremost showcase of Native American art and culture in the U.S., the...

The foremost showcase of Native American art and culture in the U.S., the Heard Museum reveals the cultures of tribes in the region through exhibits, demonstrations and live performances and displays the work of contemporary Native American artists. Artists demonstrate their work during the week and musicians perform on most weekends.

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One of the 2 must see museums in Phoenix area

Being brought up in Phoenix and going to "the Heard" for over 50 years, it has always been a good entry point into Arizona and the original "Native" inhabitants of the area. A... read more

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Being brought up in Phoenix and going to "the Heard" for over 50 years, it has always been a good entry point into Arizona and the original "Native" inhabitants of the area. A very comprehensive view of not only the history but the amazing art work of the great variety of Natives who have lived and are still living in... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Before you set a date to go, make sure you will arrive in time to use the excellent docent tours. There are also events scheduled with Indian dancers or artists. Do not miss the museum area which tells of the often shocking and heart-breaking "Indian School" experience of many Indian children. The Phoenix Indian School was operational from 1891-1931 and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum was a wonderful collection of artifacts of the Southwest Native groups. I loved the variety of displays and learned a great deal of information on the tour (highly recommend). The Octagon house with the sand picture and its meaning was very beautiful. The additional galleries of special artists works and the Indian School display show both a current... More 

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited for 3 hours this week. Well worth the visit. This is not a history museum although you do learn a lot about the life of Native Americans. It is a cultural arts museum that explains their values, beliefs and their past through the arts! I especially enjoyed the exhibit about Fred Harvey and the rise of Harvey Hotels throughout... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The most beautifully curated museum or Native American history in the Southwest. If you see only the collection of Kachina dolls (donated by Barry Goldwater's estate) it's worth the trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have visited the Heard Museum several times, and each time have found something new and interesting. I am especially fond of the statutes in the gardens. The main exhibit, called Home, includes the majority of the artifacts, such as the pottery and the katsina dolls. The pottery is amazing and the story behind how it is made was very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

What an amazing museum. Just beautiful!!! Take the tour. The tour guides are very knowledgeable about the Native Americans and how they lived and live today. Amazing artifacts. Definitely worth a trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The museum's peaceful architecture with interior courtyard allows for contemplation of the wide-ranging and deep collections of Native American art. The kachina doll collections on display are really instructive-- one section organized with oldest dolls on top down to the newest ones, easily showing stylistic development. Special exhibition on boarding schools was truthful and insightful p. Great museum shop and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Being a boomer I have witnessed a lot of prejudice against the first nations people so I am very interested in the real story behind these peoples. Even though the collection of artifacts was impressive the tour left me thinking something was missing - it was offered from the view of an Anglo Saxon. It would have been much more... More 

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Somerset, Kentucky
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

While this museum is about the culture of native Americans, it is a wonderful overview of all the Southwest indians and their differences and similarities--an amazing undertaking. We were in a tour group, which I recommend since the displays could be overwhelming otherwise.

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