Heard Museum

Heard Museum, Phoenix: Hours, Address, Heard Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Heard Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Art Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
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.
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2-3 hours
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flowerlady64
Durham, UK505 contributions
Jan 2020
Other reviewers have said how good the artefacts are here and I would agree however this is also a lovely building with nice outside sitting areas and a restaurant and coffee shop so you can eat and drink outside. There are lovely statues and fountains to enjoy too.

The exhibition on Indian boarding schools is upsetting and sobering and a story very well told. Not to be missed.

This museum can be accessed easily by Light Rail and it only cost $2 for seniors.
Written January 7, 2020
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Greg K
Phoenix, AZ765 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We have wanted to visit since moving to Phoenix in March 2019. We went Friday evening. This was a First Friday so the museum was open to 10pm.
And, First Friday was - surprise! FREE admission. I was told normal admission is 25$ so this was a treat. The special event was David Hockney art and history for 5$ special event fee. So very worth it.
The special event was a sizeable display of David Hockney works of Yosemite. All Hockney works were sketched on an iPad and printed to paper.
The Heard museum is home to an impressive collection of Native American art works. We will have to plan a return visit as we ran out of time to visit the 2nd level.
Also, check out their nice gift shop with items that are much more reasonably priced than other museums we visited.
Written January 7, 2020
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dennis2go
Alexandria, VA127 contributions
Oct 2021
Great museum in a beautiful building. Just entering the museum put me in a good mood seeing the clean lines of the building with the curves of the cacti and sculpture in contrast.
The entry courtyard has two black modern flowing (not jets or splashing) fountains. Tables make it a refreshing place for the cafe.

The museum itself feature both modern Indian artists and historical artifacts in almost equal parts. Good to emphasize that modern Indian art carries on the traditional designs and more. Baskets, clothing and pots dating back 1000 years are on display. There is a display section for each tribe and their artifacts. Visitors are left to decipher the design differences on their own. The jewelry on display is all stunningly well crafted and must have taken many many hours of work.

There is a audio tour that is downloadable to a cell phone. It was a good tour that adds a lot to the displays. Even with the tour there are hundreds/thousands of artifacts not described. This museum is truly unique to Arizona and the Southwest. I think it is a must see in Phoenix.

My only fault with the museum is that despite having a section each tribe with some basic history and location of their territory. There was not much description about what makes them different. How is a Hopi different from a Navaho or a Zuni ? What are their different beliefs ? There has to be more than basket patterns.
Written October 11, 2021
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Katie32810
Oakland, CA38 contributions
Jan 2020
The permanent exhibit Home: Native People in the Southwest was very informative and well done, as was the exhibit on boarding schools which Native Americans were forced to go to. There are also rotating art exhibits of varying quality, but the history alone made it a worthwhile visit, even though the museum is expensive. Great cafe too.
Written January 24, 2020
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Neelee
Seattle, WA129 contributions
Dec 2019
We were there for almost 5 hours including 1 hour for lunch. We also used our BofA credit card taking advantage of "Museums on Us" which was extended for the holidays (yay!)

The best and most informative exhibit was "Away from Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories". It was sad to learn about. They (government, Christians, non-native, etc.) did the same thing to the Hawaiians and Eskimos.

Maria Hupfield's exhibit was a bit odd. Not sure I understood why many of her work was considered "art". But everyone has different tastes.

David Hockney's exhibit was mildly interesting. Barry Goldwater's exhibit was more interesting.

If you plan to have lunch, be sure to get to the Courtyard Cafe early or be prepared to wait 30+ minutes on a busy day. We went there after the Boarding School exhibit (about 12:30 PM) and was told the wait would be 1.5 hours! We visited other exhibits while we waited. The food was great and the staff was friendly despite the chaos of being so busy.
Written January 1, 2020
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JYP
3 contributions
Mar 2020
The Heard Museum really represents the culture and art of Phoenix. Beautiful permanent exhibits showcase the best of Native American Art as well as inform and educate. Installations and special shows of modern and contemporary art are always exemplary, enlightening and special.

The gift shop has the best jewelry, pottery, rugs and more and are trusted for quality and authenticity. Just visiting the shop is a treat in itself. The cafe or coffee shop and bookstore are worth a stop too.

The Annual Indian Fair and Marketplace, the premier Hoop Dance Contest and the Hispanic Market bring together the best artists in the country and are a treat if you don't mind the energy of a crowd.
Written February 2, 2021
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vintagechina
Temecula, CA1,112 contributions
Nov 2020
This was one of my choices for a short visit to Phoenix. I know very little about Indian culture and the struggles of the past. I have a new appreciation of both their art and their history. I spent time in the boarding school exhibit which I found disturbing, the way they were treated with no regard to their culture or family life. The art was very varied with both modern and traditional examples. The stores were great with a price range for everyone. This is well worth a visit. I am so glad I took time to visit.
Written November 9, 2020
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Victoria P
Carefree, AZ1,375 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
We had a great visit at the Heard Museum. Staff and customers are masked. .Lots of galleries to wander in and out of. We went to see the Leon Polk Smith exhibit. His graphic paintings were bright and colorful. The Sandra Day O’Connor gallery featured beaded dolls by two native American women. The details on the dolls were exquisite. There’s also an open patio featuring Allan Housers bronze sculptures. There were woven rugs with intricate designs. Another room featured Hopi and Navajo turquoise and silver jewelry. Beautiful to look at. There was also another room with smaller type items of pottery and jewelry. There are two gift stores on the site. One of the gift stores was featuring several Kachina carvers. It was nice to see their works and ask them questions. Free parking lot. We enjoyed our time there.
Written April 10, 2021
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ddengstrm
Tucson, AZ2 contributions
Mar 2020
The best experience to view and purchase Native American art is in front of the artist. Once you go and see the huge amount of art and the personal interaction, you will want to do it again. The best of both worlds, by relaxing at the outdoor arena and watch the dancers. Just a great day overall.
Written March 13, 2020
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Karen G
Las Cruces, NM54 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Very well planned small museum. The grounds are beautiful and the exhibits are educational and well laid out. If you like Native American culture of the southwest or want to know more about it, this is the place to go. The museum has a coffee shop and small cafe as well as a bookstore and visitors store. Great place to take children as the museum does not take a long time to go through.
Written July 1, 2021
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