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Phoenix Art Museum

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Neighborhood: Encanto
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Address: 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Phone Number: 602-257-1222
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

One of the largest art museums in the Southwest, the museum houses a...

One of the largest art museums in the Southwest, the museum houses a permanent collection of some 16,000 works of art spanning the centuries and also includes a popular miniatures collection and a "Please Touch" children's gallery.

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Both for art lovers and those who never had a chance to love art

I've been through the museum twice now; the second time as fun and insightful as the first visit. Going and revisiting Phoenix's permanent collections and discovering the new... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Kori P

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been through the museum twice now; the second time as fun and insightful as the first visit. Going and revisiting Phoenix's permanent collections and discovering the new traveling exhibits it provides is exciting for me. I went late last year and got to see the Zodiac heads exhibition, and currently they are exhibiting Michelangelo's sketches (among other new features).... More 

Thank Kori P
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Its so nice just to stroll through and look at the artwork. Staff are friendly and helpful. Wear comfy shoes.

Thank Annette I
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We saw the spanish colonial art exhibit here. Michelangelo is there now. Nice restaurant with bar inside. We have the membership which is nice because you don't pay admission and you get discounts. The museum is not very large but it's well designed with a nice area outside.

Thank pmannaz
Upper Sandusky, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice people to greet you at the Museum. Wednesdays 3-9 pm Free, they do accept donations. Normal entry fee $20 per person. My wife and I enjoyed the art, especially the art of an Arizona artist in the gallery. My wife loved the "Fashion Gallery". I am the author of the book "True Travel Tips" fcbk, youtube. I always use... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

PAM offers a great collection of art, across a wide range of artists and mediums. And there's always something new. The docents are great, and really help you get the most out of your visit. The temporary or visiting exhibits are usually spectacular - top draw, wide-ranging exhibits worth the extra charge. There's so much here you cannot possibly see... More 

Thank Luv2TravelFarNWide
Hamilton, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very good galleries. Art gets lots of wall space. Not so many big names, but good examples in each area. School groups can be noisy and docents don't seem to have mandate to exercise control. Worth a visit and very near to Heard Museum, so do both on one day.

Thank chuckatbigsky
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been to many art museums. Unlike most, the Phoenix Art Museum has a very broad range from impressionist to contemporary and modern. I especially appreciated the signage that explained each section of the museum as you move through. These provided much better explanation of the art than I have typically seen. I especially appreciated the nature painting from the... More 

Thank JeffS_from_LA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took a couple of teenagers here and they loved it. The light well, the moving art, the firefly room, Dark Mass, the Thorne Miniature Rooms -- we loved it all and spend hours there. A must see.

Thank BlackBeltOjibwa
Omaha, Nebraska
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It saddens me to write such a poor review of this museum, but the type of art they had was sorely lacking. We were shocked not to see any good Modern Art,too. Their special exhibit of the White Shirt was thoroughly unimpressive, a joke. The exhibit downstairs looked like a kindergarten class got together to make art project. Totally unimpressed... More 

Thank Beth B
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

I was very surprised at the size of this museum. It is very large. A lot of exhibit rooms. There are permanent as well and temporary exhibits. You can spend hours in here looking at everything that they have collected. This is an excellent place for local art lovers. If you have a Bank of America card on you, entrance... More 

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