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“Art festival a fun surprise” 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 #4 of 218 things to do in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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.
Sierra Vista, Arizona
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“Art festival a fun surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

I had read about the Heard in books and really wanted to go here. Little did I know, we were there during a big Native American art festival which turned out to be so much fun. We had limited time so we took the tour of the highlights of the Heard, which is no charge. This is a great museum, and we learned so much in just an hour and covered most of the museum. I would kind of wander off and look in other galleries and rooms to check them out when the guide was talking because the place was so big and interesting and I wanted to see it all! After the tour, we walked around a bit on our own because I really wanted to see the display of Kachina dolls. We found it and they are really incredible. I've never seen so many in one place. Since the art festival was going on, we walked around there for a bit. Every piece of Native American art you can imagine is there for sale. We didn't buy anything, it's all authentic and handcrafted, so it's not cheap, but well worth your money if you do decide to buy something. They also had food. We had fry bread with honey and sugar, which was delicious. Even without the festival, this is a must see when in Phoenix and especially if you are interested in Native American art and culture.

Visited March 2013
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“Day trip in Phoenix”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

Great little hidden treasure in the Phoenix area. Dropped by with the family (daughter is 12) to see what it was all about. Thought it was going to be an artsy type museum and was pleasantly surprised at all the cool stuff that was in the building. Kept the 12 y/o interested and you can't for much more than that.

Visited June 2013
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Naples, Florida
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“Wonderful displays of Native American art!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

If you have an interest in Southwestern Native American culture, the Heard is one of the best, if not the best museums!they have a beautiful series of courtyards in between their galleries. The descriptions of the artifacts are very helpful.. The staff on the museum store is very helpful and knowledgable. The Courtyard Cafe has a great lunch menu and their Chicken Mole is to die for!
Well worth a return!

Visited June 2013
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Los Angeles, California
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“Good Native American museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

The museum has good section for children that's hands on. The exhibits are informative and there are very good tours so that you can more fully understand. The museum is just up the street from the Phoenix Art Museum.

Visited June 2013
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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“What a Great Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

I am a retired professor of geography with a strong background in anthropology. And I have lived most of my life in the Southwest. Whenever I have a visitor, I always include the Heard Museum on my list of places to take them. In March I had a friend visiting from Northern Ireland, so naturally we went to the Heard. This museum exemplifies the best of what the Southwest has to offer for visitors. It presents a complete visual and informational history of the Native American people who add so much color and spice to our incredible Southwest. At the Heard Museum, visitors can learn about the richness of the lifestyles, arts and crafts and daily lives of such tribes as the Navajo, Apache, Hopi, Pima and the Rio Grande Pueblos. The exhibits are magnificent and bring one in touch with our native peoples. The museum cafe also allows guests to be introduced to some of the foods that are indigenous to this region. And the museum gift shop offers genuine native crafts, some of such perfection that the price tags often make the viewer weak in the knees. But the Heard Museum gift shop prices are the best one will find short of attempting to visit tribal areas and bargain directly. The high prices on quality native arts and crafts show, however, that these traditions are of great value and represent the best of the Southwest. Every visitor to Phoenix should include the Heard Museum on their list of must see places.

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