Heard Museum
Heard Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsArt MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • LLONEIL
    Canandaigua, New York52 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Too Good to Miss!
    This was an experience I'm glad I didn't miss! Originally we were going golfing, but the weather was cool and we decided to go to the Heard Museum. It was fascinating, and we spent 3 1/2 hours going through. The exhibit on Surfing was fascinating, since we knew about The Duke from a trip to Hawaii. The doll exhibit was amazing; the detail is truly unbelievable. The gift shop had some beautiful items that were hand crafted. Almost too much to see at one visit! I would definitely go through the Museum again when we next visit Phoenix.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 7, 2023
  • LivinglifeinPA
    887 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Top Notch!!!!!!
    So many Indian artifacts & pieces of art......... and too little time! I must say that the numerous galleries and all the beautiful treasures within them were more than a bit overwhelming until we were able to join a tour led by a docent. Jack Rubino, you are a source of amazing knowledge and display an obvious enthusiasm for this museum. Your tour was exactly what we needed! After Jack's tour, we visited several of the galleries for the second time that morning and everything was better understood and more enjoyable to see. Don't miss the Indian School exhibit on the second floor. Very somber, initially, but the end of the exhibit displays a more positive view of it. There's a book store and a museum shop onsite. Be sure to visit both. The Museum Shop displays actual artwork, jewelry, etc. created by Native Americans.....yes, a bit pricy, but so worth the costs. This a museum that you don't want to miss if you're traveling to Phoenix!
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 29, 2023
  • Another _path
    15 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing
    This was the highlight of our short 3 day trip. If you don’t have a lot of time make sure to include this museum. A wonderful collection of Native American art and exhibits, including The Substance of Stars, Native Hawaiian surfing and art, and “Away From Home”, Stories of Indian Boarding Schools, difficult history to be told again and again. Also important art from Native American veterans. Please allow yourself plenty of time to experience it all. We ended with a late lunch in the courtyard which was very nice.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written May 11, 2023
  • LillieUSA
    Florida318 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very nice Museum
    I finally made it to the Heard Museum. Well appointed and curated Native American art museum. All of the exhibits were informative with artifacts and contemporary art. We spent 4 hours there…worth every minute.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 21, 2023
  • Biggd76
    Las Vegas, Nevada4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don’t overlook this museum.
    We always try to visit the local museums for support and to see what new exhibits might be in place. We particularly liked the He’e Nalu, Indeterminate Substance, and Grand Procession. The pieces are thoughtfully chosen and laid out so as not to be crowded. They have two docent lead tours that we found to be very informative not only about content but also for the general layout of the museum. This museum is well worth a visit if you are so inclined!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 24, 2023
  • Mo M.
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Informative and Adorable
    The perfect sized museum with a coffee spot and 2 gift stores. Lots of exhibits of Native American artists and the information was very interesting on the way of the land and the Native tribes that inhabited the area and beyond. I was especially interested in the Kachina dolls and the Jewlery! Impressive! It's a must see, and very easy to park and navigate inside.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 11, 2023
  • Trish
    Delaware, Ohio5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice Collection
    The collection is beautiful and inclusive of many tribes in the American Southwest. It did not, however, feel deeply inhabited by those people. I would still recommend seeing it, but also visit the reservations and sites of significance to the individual tribes.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Cheryl W
    Boston, Massachusetts46 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Important meaningful beautiful museum
    The Heard is a beautiful beautiful museum. The guides were excellent. The Indigenous art was so interesting. The modern art was incredible and a section devoted to removing indigenous children from them homes was overwhelmingly painful….but important to experience. The cafe had some some of the best foods in the Scottsdale area and the prices were very reasonable. This a remarkable museum to visit.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 24, 2023
  • Cheryl B
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Celebrating Native Voices
    The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona offers an authentic enriching experience for all ages with its award winning exhibitions on land that is acknowledged as Native. Thought-provoking collections showcase how Indigenous voices are reclaiming historical Native Truths through various artistic mediums as well as celebrating current achievements of diverse artists. The fusion of tradition and innovation continues in the Heard Museum's Courtyard Café. The menu features locally sourced, ingredients that complements the museum's mission allowing visitors to experience a multi-sensory cultural exploration and savor the rich culinary heritage of the region. A day out at the Heard Museum unforgettably educates and celebrates the intersection of art, tradition, and sustainability of indigenous cultures while connecting visitors to the heritage of the land. C.Brand of WriteBrandOnline
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 7, 2023
  • Kathrin S
    Portland, Oregon623 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting art history, and very well done.
    Wonderful museum and very well done. We were disappointed that we when we walked in at 2:15, they didn't mention to us that they were closing at 4pm as we would have liked to stay longer. (Admittedly, also our fault for not asking but 4pm does seem on the earlier side.) There was a fantastic display of gorgeous art and all of us (three generations) really enjoyed our visit. The museum feels very well funded and take care of.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written December 27, 2023
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Katie32810
Oakland, CA38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Bill M
Kansas City, MO78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We visit the Heard museum on every trip and it always delivers. This year, the expansive Indian school museum is complete and provides a look at the atrocities visited on native Americans in the name of education. It is enlightening and disturbing at the same time. Anyone interested in history must see this permanent exhibit.

Also at the museum, David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of Native Basketry highlights not only his work, but some extraordinary examples of basket weaving by Native American women that won awards for their intricate design and construction in the 1920s and forward.
Written February 19, 2020
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Tom O
Peoria, AZ137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
My mother, cousin and I visited the Heard yesterday as I'd been told it is a must see for native American enthusiasts, which my cousin is.
The bottom level has tribal histories, customs, has displays of clothing, weaving, pottery, baskets, dolls, jewelry making and more which were explained and brought to live by one of the tour guides. These are free and last roughly 40 minutes. It is worth your time to take one.
Also on the bottom level is an art gallery of painting and other artistic works from native American artists which are very beautiful.
Upstairs most of the displays are dedicated to the plight of the peoples due to Manifest Destiny and the European influence on all Indian nations. You can learn about tribal relocations, forced integration, family separations, punishments for non-compliance and all of that part of history.
This museum is worth your time in my opinion, can be seen in under 2 hours and is pretty affordable as four of us paid $72.
Written July 30, 2022
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ddengstrm
Tucson, AZ2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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ILteacher052000
Chicago,IL52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We visited this museum on a Thursday morning and it was pretty empty. The exhibits were well organized and packed with interesting facts. The display cases were easy to look into and well lit. I also like the mix between the modern and ancient display pieces. It was easy to navigate through the museum.
Written January 3, 2020
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MikeB1952
Santa Fe, NM1,082 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We've been to museums highlighting Native Americans throughout the West. Few if any have the numbers of items that the Heard has. Most of the museums we've been to are mostly historical (i.e., highlighting the histories of the artifacts and the Native Americans who created them). The Heard does both. It has historical artifacts and artwork. And modern items made recently by Native Americans.

We were impressed by the displays. Got brain tired looking at all of them. Didn't have as much descriptive information as we would have liked. After a while a pot is just a pot unless you have some additional context and background.

But well worth the visit.
Written March 22, 2020
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Steven L
Lancaster, PA66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
This is a fantastic museum to those who are interested in Native American art, culture, and history. There is so much to see on display. It seemed to go on forever. I find in some museums have too much information or not enough. This museum had a very healthy amount of information. Most of the items on display have been donated by family members or other estates. These items can be anyway between 20 years to over 2000 years old.

They have cafes and other cantinas that you will be able to grab something to consume. The gift shop has many Native American jewelry and art that can be purchase at reasonable prices.

This is something that you should put 2-3 hours into, because of the size of the museum.
Written July 5, 2022
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Gautam R
Laurel, MD221 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
It was a rainy Saturday in Phoenix, so we visited the Heard museum. We were a little disappointed with this museum. The first floor was more of an art exhibit than a museum. There were too many artifacts (pottery, small figurines) and not enough about the history of the Sonoran Desert People who settled here thousands of years before. I think first floor could be redesigned to provide more information on how these people lived for thousands of years, as opposed to numerous modern artifacts. Additionally, the temporary art exhibit (forget the name) was lackluster.

The second floor was amazing. I never learned in school about the boarding schools for Native American Children. Horrifying and disturbing, but an important part of our history that we cannot and should not forget. The exhibits here were well designed, powerful, and involved several different mediums. I learned a lot.

All in all, I think its worth visiting if you have a few hours to spend in Phoenix.
Written February 23, 2020
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JoeNathan9249
Saint Paul, MN6,091 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This nationally famous museum is remarkable in so many ways. This is the second time I'd visited. A friend and I focused on the boarding school exhibit, which was incredible. Deeply moving, very complex, full of fascinating information. We both learned a lot. Very strongly recommended.

Gift shop is easily one of the top museum gift shops I've visited anywhere in the world. It includes modest but authentic gifts and some literally museum quality work that you can purchase.

Absolutely great use of time.
Written February 23, 2020
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Kimberley C
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
Excellent museum! We really recommend the tour - tour guides are great and give a perfect introduction to the art and culture of the region. We enjoyed the live performances- both music and dancing/storytelling. The cafe was delicious as well. Great for families!
Written December 31, 2022
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