Heard Museum History
In 1929 Dwight and Maie Heard established this location in what is now central Phoenix to house their personal art and artifacts collection.
Today, the focus of the Heard Museum is both traditional and contemporary Native American art. There are more than 35,000 artifacts in its permanent collection at the Heard Museum, displayed in 10 exhibit galleries.
Heard Museum Permanent Exhibits
Some of the exhibits that you'll find there every time you visit include:
- History and Collections of the Heard Museum located in the Sandra Day O'Connor Gallery which traces the museum's history of more than seven decades
- We Are! Arizona's First People which is an interactive visit with Arizona's 21 federally recognized tribal communities.
- Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience featuring historic photographs, memorabilia, artwork and first-person oral histories of the assimilation and Americanization Native American children.
- Every Picture Tells a Story is another interactive exhibit with more than 200 works of cultural and fine art that shows how designs tell stories based on life experiences involving the environment, nature, animal life, family life, and community. Hands-on activities for all ages are found here.
- HOME: Native People of the Southwest displays the Heard Museum’s most prized masterpieces, sweeping landscapes, poetry, and personal recollections of the Southwest.
Heard Museum Facilities
The Heard Museum is a wonderful place to visit, learn about, and enjoy Native art and cultures, but it is also more than that. As an organization that seriously commits to the accurate and sensitive interpretation of Native cultures and art, the Heard Museum also provides opportunities for special lectures, tours for school groups, and a Speaker's Bureau.
The Heard Museum is also recognized for its research facility, The Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives.
The Heard Museum offers Guided Tours three times per day every day for the public. A guided tour at the Heard Museum lasts about 45 minutes and is free with your paid admission.
Special Events at the Heard Museum
Special events, programs, and festivals are held often at the Heard Museum. Native art and culture can be experienced at signature events like the Heard Museum Spanish Market, the annual Indian Fair & Market, and the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest.
In addition to these larger community events, the Heard Museum offers a wide range of programs—artist demonstrations, performances, book signings, gallery talks, public tours, lectures, and workshops. All can be found on the museum calendar, which is constantly being updated with new events.
Kachinas and Jewelry
Some of the exhibits at the Heard Museum that you might find unique include the extensive collections of Native southwest jewelry, as well as the collection of about 1,200 kachina dolls donated by the late Senator Barry M. Goldwater and the Fred Harvey Company.
Corporate Meetings and Weddings
Heard Museum offers a variety of beautiful rooms and courtyards where you can entertain from 20 to several hundred guests. The Spanish Colonial-style architecture of the Heard Museum and its arched walkways, spacious galleries, outdoor bricked patios and fountains, and lush desert landscapes make a lovely environment for your special occasion.
Location, Directions, Admission Prices
The Heard Museum has a wonderful gift shop and bookstore, as well as a gourmet café (no hot dogs and chips!). The Café is open every day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. You can access both the Café and the gift shop without paying an entrance fee to the museum.
Heard Museum Address
2301 N. Central Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85004-1323
602-252-8848 Recorded Information
602-252-8344 Shop and Bookstore
The Heard Museum is open every day (except New Year's Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas).
General Admission Prices (September 2016)
Seniors (65+): $13.50
Students with a valid student ID: $7.50
Children (6-12): $7.50
Children under 6, Heard Museum members and Native Americans are free.
The Heard Museum is on Central Avenue, between McDowell Road and Thomas Road. Parking is free at the Heard Museum.
From I-10: exit Seventh Street, and go north (right) to the first major intersection, McDowell Road. Immediately get in the left lane. At McDowell turn left (west). Go to Central Avenue. Go north (right) on Central Avenue until you come to the museum (2 lights) on the right.
By METRO Light Rail
Use the Central Avenue/Encanto station.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.