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Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004 (Encanto)
602-257-1222
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Ranked #13 of 94 Attractions in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: One of the largest art museums in the Southwest, the museum houses a permanent collection of some...
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Wed 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities

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Phoenix, Arizona
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13 reviews 13 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

I went there for the Hollywood costume exhibit with friends from out of town. It was a great way to spend the afternoon. Clean, clear lay out. We had a wonderful time.

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Buckeye, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I found this museum to be "user friendly" - not so big as to overwhelm, but big enough to house several good exhibits. I especially liked the contemporary section and the Western section.

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Edmonton, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

This is a must see in downtown Phoenix. One of the best art museums I have seen, the building itself is a work of art! The gallery for art works for sale was even amazing. We covered 95% of the museum in an afternoon and were spellbound by the halfway point. We were fortunate enough to see the Don Coen... More 

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Confines of Texas
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

It's not the Louvre or Museum of Fine Art, but the Phoenix Art Museum has a nice collection of European paintings from the centuries, modern art curiosities, and world art collection from places such as Imperial China and Feudal Japan. Worth at least an hour or two of your time. We also visited a special exhibit of costumes from different... More 

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Mysore, India
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70 reviews 70 reviews
41 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

First we entered the south wing. I could not appreciate the modern or contemporary art much. Any piece of material like a part of a machinery or even medicine cartons are put up as art. I was amused by a face created with noodles and sauce on a plate! Right at the entrance to this wing was a very big... More 

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New Mexico
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

While this museum has a lot to offer, you have to stop and spend time with the Fireflies. This exhibit is a must see. It will have your imagination going wild!

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Edmonton, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

The museum is free to all on Wednesday evenings. Well informed staff in a spotless display environment. Truly awesome. Hot tip; even though some of the sculptures and displays were not barricaded or roped off......don't touch! I got told.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

The muse of the unsung artists of contemporary times is one of the main collections to gaze upon. You can see the time fly by as you come across the most nostalgic pieces of art which freeze time as it was when it was created.

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scottsdale az and brussels belgium
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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

Arizona my be s desert town but certainly not a cultural desert. Easy free parking and always exciting art to discover, when friends come from other states I bring them to the museum and they are surprised by the high quality of the shows.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

I am not a huge fan of art, but I enjoyed my visit to the art museum. The modern art left me perplexed as I don't really understand the point of it- especially a piece of cardboard. But it's in the eye of the beholder right? I did enjoy a few of the pieces in other sections of the museum.... More 

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