Since 1977, International Museum Day is recognized around the world on May 18 to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society.
What better way to support the local art scene but by culturally enriching yourself? These great Valley museums are the perfect when-in-doubt options for family outings, dates or simply catching up with a friend while viewing some beautiful art.
Phoenix Art Museum (Also known as: PAM)
Housing more than 17,000 works of art in its permanent collection from American, Asian, European, Latin American, modern/contemporary, Western American and Fashion Design genres, the Phoenix Art museum is a haven for local and national art enthusiasts. Traveling exhibitions are continually refreshed, covering a wide range of artistic tastes. Currents include “And the Land Grew Quiet: New Work by Matthew Moore”; “The Sea” in fashion design gallery; the photography of W. Eugene Smith; and “Gustave Baumann: Artisan Printmaker of the Southwest.”
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (Also known as: SMoCA)
SMoCA is known for combining a mix of contemporary and modern art, architecture, and design. Solo and group exhibitions by local and international artists in the contemporary realm include photographer Kiki Smith, architects Annie Han + Daniel Mihalyo of Lead Pencil Studios, installation artist Rivane Neuenschwander, and local artist Jon Haddock, who have shown their work within the last year.
Musical Instrument Museum (Also known as: MIM)
This musical haven exhibits more than 15,000 musical instruments and artifacts from all over the world, categorized by the geographic and cultural regions in which they’re played. Concerts, workshops and programs relating to the diversity of music are also offered at the MIM Music Theater.
Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Hands-on interactive exhibits engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of both children an their accompanying parents/guardians. Everything the creative kid’s heart desires is at the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, where kids can snack at the Texture Café, navigate your way through Noodle Forest, or relax and share a story in the Book Loft.
The Heard Museum houses a rich collection of Native American history, stories, and artwork that has molded Phoenix’s history. Learn about other Native tribes across the country though their intricate crafts and handiworks. Be sure to also check out the Berlin Gallery that takes a more modern approach. There, guests can see and purchase work by local and national artists with the occasional artist meet and greet.