#5 attraction in Phoenix?!? No, the only one I'd (maybe) put above this is the view from the top of Camelback Mtn & then only on one of the rare non-smoggy days we get here. But I digress. You will not find a better museum anywhere to showcase the Native American experience than the Heard. A world-class instiution, it is sought out by experts the world over when they wish to research the indigenous peoples of the southwest. Plan most of a day here. You can take the light rail & avoid the awful traffic; you get dropped off @ the entrance. If you opt to drive, parking is free. Admission is a little on the steep side but entirely worth it. Doesn't really matter which part of this large, diverse museum you visit first - there isn't really an "order" for the rooms. It's all great. Lots of hands-on stuff for kids (I did 'em too!). Do not miss the exhibit about the old "Indian Schools" even if you have to ask where to find it (I couldn't find it & I live here.) We ate lunch at the sit-down restaurant on site. HINT-get there early or late. They're busy @ lunchtime. But we gave the maitre 'd our name & spent our waiting time in the gift shop. It's well worth a visit if a little (OK, very) pricey. But they do have less-expensive items for sale. I got a cute little straw chicken Christmas Tree ornament for about $10. Lunch was delicious. We had the award-winning tacos which lived up to our waiter's hype. Leave room for the Indian fry-bread. Still delicious even if it was fried up in the kitchen instead of on a hot rock like the Indian ladies used to do it. Stupid health laws. Anywho - do NOT miss this wonderful place whether you live a block away or if you come all the way from Europe!
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