Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix Art Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Phoenix Art Museum has provided access to visual arts and educational programs in Arizona for more than 60 years and is the largest art museum in the Southwestern United States. In addition to an annual calendar of exhibitions, Phoenix Art Museum’s permanent collection galleries are drawn from more than 19,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. Visitors also enjoy photography exhibitions through the Museum’s landmark partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona. The Museum presents a variety of public programs year-round, including tours, lectures, films, special events, and more designed to enlighten, entertain and stimulate visitors of all ages. Voluntary-donation times occur every Wednesday from 3 to 7 pm and the first Friday of every month from 3 to 7 pm.
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AZFan
Scottsdale, AZ5,805 contributions
Jul 2022
We are members (which is a great deal if you join after you’ve paid for one admission, cuz they apply it to the membership fee) so we feel very comfortable in this medium sized diverse museum. No, it’s not the Getty but for us it’s an enjoyable and uplifting way to spend some time out of the hot desert sun appreciating the artwork.

Most museum goers know they will not like everything they see. But that doesn’t mean you discount them. I like mostly traditional art, especially the American and European paintings, so some of the more contemporary exhibits escape me, but I am learning more to understand them as I view. The docents offer enthusiastic insights as well. We’ve enjoyed the cafe downstairs very much. The food is surprisingly very good (most museum cafes are prepackaged items to go or very limited menus) but we enjoyed our meals and a glass of wine. They are short staffed, but to a person they were working hard and went out of their way to be friendly. It was full with a line on a previous Saturday so they are doing something right!

And the museum staff here are exceptional. There is always someone available throughout the museum to answer a question or get you to the correct elevator. They are one of the reasons we became members actually and appreciate their knowledgeable and professional presence whenever we visit.
Written July 10, 2022
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NMgal4life
Albuquerque, NM182 contributions
Jul 2022
We were looking for an indoor activity (read: air-conditioned) on a recent trip so thought to give this museum a try. The collection is decent (a Monet!) and the exhibits are varied (including a fun disposable fashion exhibit from the 60s) so it was a nice way to spend a few hours. The gardens were lovely and would likely be fantastic in cooler weather. Layout was a bit confusing but there were plenty of helpful staff around.
We were with a military veteran so admission was free; I don't think I would have paid full price to visit otherwise.
Written August 3, 2022
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Victoria P
Carefree, AZ1,571 contributions
Aug 2022
We went on a Culture Pass which includes free admission to their special event. The Museum is a great place to escape the AZ heat. While masks are not required, we felt it necessary to wear ours in certain areas. We started with the special exhibit called Desert Rider. The exhibit is geared toward the American Indian and their relationship with a vehicle. An automobile can provide escape from the reservation. It can also mean a rotting heap in the front yard. The car is significant in their lives and this exhibit studies that.
The Museum store is packed full of fun and lovely souvenirs, jewelry, books, home decor, games and more.
There are several levels to the museum. We took the elevator to the third floor to view the photography portraits. The elevators can be confusing. One bank only goes to the second floor while another elevator toward the rear of the building takes you to the third floor. There are also stairs if you wish to use those.
That particular day there was a video presentation and music.
In one of the upstairs room there was a display of 1960s fashion. It was fun to look back at some of the fashion from that era.
There was also art from Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) which we enjoyed.
We thoroughly enjoyed this visit. Large shared parking lot and free WiFi. It was a little difficult to find parking as there was a theater show next door. There is also free street parking available.
Written August 11, 2022
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Pandora_is_Eve
New York City, NY577 contributions
Jan 2020
While in Phoenix friends decided to check out the local art Museum. We had been driving around checking out the Street Art and decided to move inside to check out the museum's offerings. They also had on an exhibit called Legends of Speed, dealing with art racing which promised to be interesting.
The entrance price was $23... ok, the MET in NYC is $25 and is probably 10x as large.
The price is not reflective of the offerings. It's a small museum, smaller than the Brooklyn Museum, for those who have a reference and the presentation, while I'm sure not trying to be haphazard did not flow very well. There were several rooms under re-construction so maybe its not reflective of the offerings normally but $23???
Nope.
Written February 2, 2020
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Gretchen Farrar-Foley
Milwaukee, WI56 contributions
Jan 2023
This is a great museum, with free parking. It has some rather unusual art--not my taste, but also some classics like O'Keefe and Picasso and more. It is an interesting building to walk through. The guides and monitors are very friendly and very helpful. We spent about 3 hours and came away with mixed feelings about the art.
Written January 12, 2023
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Lauren C
Dallas, TX99 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
We were disappointed with the limited amount on display for the fashion collection. The museum’s website says they have over 6,000 items in their fashion collection. So we were excited at the possibility of seeing a wide variety of garments. However, the museum had only about 60 items on display during our visit. The majority of the garments on display were from a disposable trend from the 60’s & 70’s. Had we been aware of the limited display, we would not have planned our day around visiting the museum. It would be helpful to have an accurate description on the website of the current portion of the collection on display at a given time.
Written December 23, 2021
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Adriel N
Los Angeles, CA24 contributions
Jul 2022
Just okay. I will start by saying the exterior and the grounds of the museum are stunning. It is a wonderful testament to modern architecture. That being said, I was disappointed in the selection of art shown. There as a very heavy emphasis on modern art (which isn't my cup of tea). The museum, to me, was advertised as a place for all art but when I walked through the exhibits, it seems as if 75% of the exhibits shown were modern art. The Infinity Room by Yayoi Kusama was stunning as was the special exhibit on LatinX/Chicano Car Culture. They layout of the museum was a bit confusing but the staff were eager to help and very nice.
Written July 19, 2022
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degrawm
Levittown, PA445 contributions
May 2021
We had gone to go see the Ansel Adams exhibit. I had never heard of him, but just reading about him and seeing his work, just utterly amazed me. What the man accomplished before the age of photoshop, just astounded me. The other exhibits were marvelous as well. The museum was bigger than I thought it would be. So prepare to spend a few hours.
Written June 2, 2021
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Sally Stegeman F
Indian Head Park, IL75 contributions
Apr 2021
Really enjoyed this museum and its collections. Unlike other enormous city museums, the smaller size of this museum allows you to savor everything in its collections without reaching the point of fatigue you do at the larger museums. Love this one.
Written April 19, 2021
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foodie1945
Naples, FL255 contributions
May 2021
We went for the first time to your museum specifically to see the fire fly exhibit. It was underwhelming. On the other hand as we toured this wonderful museum we came upon the miniatures. I have always been fascinated with miniatures and felt you displayed an excellent selection to enjoy.
Written May 6, 2021
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