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“Fascinating Exhibit”
Review of Heard Museum

Heard Museum
Ranked #3 of 230 things to do in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Colorado
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Fascinating Exhibit”
Reviewed December 7, 2013

Our first visit to the Heard Museum and not enough time to see everything. An extensive collection of Native American artifacts, from the ancient to the present. The Kachina collection is outstanding! Tour guides were knowledgeable and entertaining. Displays are presented well and easy to follow. The Georgia O'Keeffe exhibit (visiting thru Feb 2014) was also a treat. The Ullman Learning Center has some interactive displays for the kids.
The museum and grounds are much larger than I had expected, but well maintained and comfortable.
We had a light lunch in the Courtyard Cafe and while the limited menu is tasty, it is a little pricey. $6 for a cup of soup, $7 for a cup of posole, $9 for chips and guacamole. But again, the atmosphere is pleasant, it's convenient, and I don't mind supporting the museum.

Visited November 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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“Native American Showcase”
Reviewed December 7, 2013

Heard Museum is a good place to experience native art and culture. There are many displays and often there are special events that celebrate native traditions. The museum itself is a beautiful structure which has been attached to the original courtyard house that contained the art and artifacts for many years. The is a very large kachina doll display, weaving, painting, and pots.
There is a cafe that serves pretty good food and in the spring and fall, you can eat on the patio.

Visited April 2013
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Jefferson City, Missouri
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“Great for Indian Culture Enthusiasts”
Reviewed December 2, 2013

This was probably the lowlight of a great trip to Phoenix. Which isn't to say that I didn't enjoy the museum, just that I did things that I enjoyed more. The grounds/courtyard are lovely and it is worth it to just go and have a coffee or soda sitting outside on a beautiful day (which you could do for the price of the drink - and it was upper 70s when I was there and there was shade that was almost cool!). But $18 to walk around and look at everything from 1000+ year old pieces of pottery to more recent (and everything in between) baskets, pottery, tapestries, jewelry etc seemed a bit high. I mean after awhile I was like "Yep, that is another pretty piece of pottery." I wasn't "Wow"-ed by this museum. I learned a few things about the history of the area and the original humans that lived there. But I was kind "meh" about the whole thing.

Visited November 2013
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Willmar, Minnesota
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“Fun for all ages and taste”
Reviewed December 1, 2013

The focus of this special place is Southwest Native American culture. Established by the Heard family based on the art they collected and wanted to share with the world, it is truly a not to miss experience while in Phoenix. The art is amazing and diverse and it is a great educational opportunity. All ages can benefit,with special rooms for kids and broad representation of many cultures. The respect for history of our original Americans is evident all over.
The docents (tour guides) have the benefit of 6months of initial training and then continual updates to keep them current. They volunteer at all levels in addition to their touring and are connected with the Native population. Barry Goldwater had a close connection with the Heard, including his donated Kachina collection and Sandra Day O'Conner is an active current participant and contributor.
Certainly the focus is on the Southwest, but expanding. The Indian Fair and Market brings people from all across America, as does the Student Art Fair. Hoop dancing, Spanish market, and the Kachina Sale and experience are special events to bring you back over and over again.
Art, literature, jewelry and more are abundant for purchase at the special markets, but available every day in the gift shop. Plan to spend at least 1/2 a day here, a full day will be better, and return visits are a must, since the collection changes throughout the year.

Visited March 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Make sure to see the permanent exhibits”
Reviewed November 28, 2013

We chose to come to the Heard during our one-day stop in Phoenix because of the Georgia O'Keefe show that is there this month. In our opinion the show included a few outstanding pieces surrounded by many ordinary items. (Renoir used to start the fire in his studio with his sketches. Apparently she didn't.)

But….the permanent collections of Native American art are fabulous. We went with a guide who was great about the tribes and their movements but, I'd say, a B- on the specific art, but we enjoyed it, nonetheless. It's hard to imagine such beauty coming from people who have lived in such modest and difficult accommodations.

It is good to see this museum displaying quality contemporary art, jewelry and pots, as well as those from ancient times.

Be sure to leave time to have lunch in the excellent cafe!

Visited November 2013
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