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“First class” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Heard Museum

Heard Museum
2301 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-252-8848
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Ranked #3 of 129 attractions in Phoenix
Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, History Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts
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Owner description: 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.
west hills, ca
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“First class”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Lots of well displayed artifacts and crafts including pottery, jewelry, weavings and kachinas are on display. Well placed descriptions are available as well as guided tours. Includes many tribes and has a wonderful cafe and a large gift shop. Plenty of parking available in the lot as near the light rail.

Visited April 2013
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Chandler, AZ
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“Put this on your Bucket List!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

#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!

Visited February 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Great museum showcasing the great culture of the Native American people!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

This is a very tranquil museum with beautiful Spanish style building. You will be amazed and educated by your time here. The exhibits are well displayed and informative. We have always taken our children and they are excited every time. They have a children's area with fun crafts and activities. The cafe serves great food in a beautiful courtyard setting ( or indoors if you please) . Go and learn in a cool way the amazing history and culture of Native Americans

Visited October 2012
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Glenview, Illinois
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“In a class of its own”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

No matter how many times I visit, I see displays and learn things I didn't know before. It lets you truly experience a culture.

Visited April 2012
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Chicago, IL
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“Wonderful Collection!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

AMazing collection of American indian arts and crafts - both old and new. Incredible weavings, baskets, pots. Informative time line and an excellent exhibit about forced education of indians.

Visited March 2013
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