Museums and exhibitions in Arizona
Collected by Joseph Cyr , AFAR Local Expert
You've come to Arizona for the outdoors—the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Sedona's red rocks—but make time for air-conditioned curated culture, too. From big-city grand to small-town funky, there are museums and exhibits somewhere for everybody in the family as you travel around Arizona.
6300 N Swan Rd, Tucson, AZ 85718, USA
At the foot of the Santa Catalina Mountains is the ten-acre complex, the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun. A national historic district, the grounds are a blend of natural desert garden, adobe architecture, and museum—all the vision of one man. Ettore...
4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, AZ 85050, USA
We've traveled near and far and been to plenty of museums. Nothing compares the Music Instrument Museum. There are instruments displayed from every country in the world. Next to the instrument is a flat screen tv showing a 30 second clip of locals...
2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
The Heard Museum is a can't-miss cultural institution in Phoenix. Founded in 1929, the Heard details and celebrates American Indian art, history, and tradition through exhibitions, interactive learning, and festivals supporting American Indian...
2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743, USA
7374 E 2nd St, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, USA
Housed in a former movie multiplex, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art features an edgy slate of art, design, and architecture shows. Starting February 1, The Five Senses will activate the body and mind with playful works of art by creators...
1013 E University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85721, USA
On the campus of the University of Arizona in Tucson sits the largest and oldest anthropology museum in the SW United States. If the history and culture of the region interest you, this is the place--the museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian...
1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, USA
Whether you're into modern and contemporary art, European painting, photography, fashion, or even the art of video games, the Phoenix Art Museum has you covered. The museum's permanent collections offer a wide variety of art and sculpture...
136 Main St, Jerome, AZ 86331, USA
The charming and scenic Jerome, Arizona is tucked on a mountainside 30 miles southwest of Sedona. Once a thriving mining town, it survives today as a tourist destination and artist community. One surprise highlight among the shops on Jerome's...
215 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85034, USA
With nearly 50,000 square feet of breathing room, the Children's Museum of Phoenix is a great place for the kids to get involved in the exhibits. The museum offers a wide variety of different activities—with classes ranging from yoga to music to...
12621 N Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85259, USA
The city’s most famous snowbird, architect Frank Lloyd Wright, spent winters at his home and architecture school in the Sonoran Desert. Taliesin West brings the horizontal lines and organic materials of Prairie School design to the desert...
1580 Duval Mine Road, Green Valley, AZ 85614, USA
Visitors flock to southern Arizona for sun and saguaros... ...but for a hole in the ground? Other than the ones on golf courses? From the 1960's to the 1980's, Tucson was ringed by eighteen steel-and-concrete-reinforced holes in the ground--highly...
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