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Review of Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum
Ranked #10 of 234 things to do in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: One of the largest art museums in the Southwest, the museum houses a permanent collection of some 16,000 works of art spanning the centuries and also includes a popular miniatures collection and a "Please Touch" children's gallery.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed March 28, 2013

Sandwiched between Phoenix Opera, Symphony, Theater and the Heard Museum, and centrally located in downtown Phoenix, the Art Museum has lot to offer to visitors; including plenty of free parking.
Whether one enjoys the classics (old masters), romanticism or modern art, this museum covers it all. Astonishing is the depth of art featured from rather a 'provincial' museum which sophistication is a (pleasant) surprise.

Thank SEAN11111
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

One of your reviewers said it was a small museum, my feet beg to differ. It sprawls around several buildings and floors and we spent nearly seven hours looking, reading and enjoying. It's not the NY Met but it has a fine offering with several exhibits to choose from. Some were absolute eye-candy to those you'll wonder why - so in other words, something for everyone.

If you are in Phoenix and like to spend time in a good museum you will not be disappointed. Also, the restaurant was very good as well and the portions larger than you typically get in a captive environment, so make sure you imbibe while visiting. Also, their air-condition is impeccable, so if you need a respite from the heat, this is the place.

Thank Craig M
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

For a smallish museum that probably doesn't have a huge budget, I feel that the Phoenix Art Museum makes really interesting choices with the exhibits that they mount. They could play it safe, but it seems that they often feature new or off-beat artists.

Thank BostonSea
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

This is a interesting place that is called a museum. What it is exactly, is a mixture of sculpture park and nature preserve. Got time to let you mind go with the flow of objects that glow. Yes there really is a glass Saguaro. Good family fun.

Thank BigDogCA2013
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

The Phoenix Art Museum is a real gem in the desert. We have been members of the museum for about 15 years and have visited well over 30 times with the last visit being just yesterday.

Museum goers should know that Phoenix Art Museum is not a substitute for the great museums in New York or LA and if your idea of visiting an art museum is to look at the old masters you will be sadly disappointed, although there is a nice representation of classic art in the collection. If, however, your interest is in modern movements you may be art satisfied.

There are a number of items in the collection that are of note and among our favorites, here is a small listing of pieces that we usually check in with on our visits: Ed Mell’s Sweeping Clouds located in the Western Arts area; Jennifer Steinkam’s video projection of a tree swaying in the wind (worth sitting and watching for five or ten minutes); Chuck Close’s portrait of Philip Glass; and Frida Kahlo’s The Suicide of Dorothy Hale currently on view across from her husband Diego Rivera painting of a young lady. In the more classical area we especially like Jean-Léon Gérôme Thumbs Down (gladiator painting that is a favorite with youngsters) and a painting of Claude Monet. As a couple that has been in the greatest museums in the world, we especially like the aesthetics and lighting that the curators of the Phoenix Art Museum have incorporated in the displaying of the art as well as the well maintained facilities.

For children, there is a kid area and the museum has a scavenger hunt sort of score card for young visitors and special days for kids and families with hands on activities. Children may enjoy the excellent miniature rooms on display.

Even after as many visits as we have had we still plan on two hours in the museum, first timers who want to see it all should plan on a four hour visit. There are usually a number of special exhibits with rotating photography and excellent design collections.

The museum has a great restaurant on premise that we have enjoyed albeit not a cheap eat. Parking is free and usually easy to find parking spaces except for special events and when play is being performed at the theater on site.

The museum is completely accessible with a number of ramps and elevators located throughout the large complex. One big tip, if you can take the stairs and ramps do it, the building is fabulous with some stairways and ramps that are a treat to take, of note is the stairway from the third floor on the south wing to the lower level which takes one by a water treatment.

In Phoenix there are a number of other great art and culture museums worth visiting with various specialties that would fill two days worth of a visit: the Heard for Native American Art; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art; The Musical Instrument Museum (a fabulous experience and of architectural interest as well); and the Arizona State University Art Museum (of architectural interest as well).

Thank azkremer
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