Pueblo Grand Museum and Cultural Park
4613 E. Washington Street
(602) 495- 0901
Hours: Monday - Saturday 9:00 am- 4:45 pm, Sunday 1:00- 4:45 pm
The Pueblo Grand Museum and Cultural Park is the only National Historic Landmark in the city of Phoenix. This is the kind of place that appeals to everyone in that it is not only a museum, but also a Native -American archaeological site. This archaeology site includes a Hohokam culture ruin. The ruin was once the site of a thriving indigenous chief city. After learning of their ingenuity in adapting to desert life, the site draws on a feeling of mystery as to why a civilization of superb farmers would abandon their home.
Ak-Chin Him-Dak (Eco-Museum)
46875 N. EcoMuseum, Phoenix
Located 40 miles south of downtown Phoenix, the Ak-Chin Him-Dak Museum is known as the "museum with out walls". Assembled by the Ak-Chin tribe the museum stands a part from most in that the tribal members themselves have been the ones to conduct excavations, catalogue artifacts, and document their own oral history.
Botanical Desert Gardens
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
Hours: October - April, 8am to 8pm daily
May-September, 7am to 8pm daily
Closed on Christmas Day
Housing half of all the variety of cactus in the world, the Desert Botanical Garden includes 150 acres of plants from the world's deserts. Founded 1937, this non-profit museum illustrates the beauty of over a thousand plant species adapted for the arid landscape. Sponsoring programs in research, plant conservation, and environmental education the garden emphasizes harmony with the desert by displaying not only vivacious plant life, but by also incorporating exhibits that depict the relationship between modern day cities and the desert. Self-guided nature walk, public lectures, Cactus Show.
22 E. Monte Vista Road, Phoenix
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:30 to 5:00
Sun 12:00pm to 5:00pm
Closed Major Holidays
In 1929 Dwight B. and Mai Bartlett Heard founded The Heard Museum as a private, non-profit museum to house their personal collection of artifacts and art. The focus of the museum resides on the cultures of the Southwest. Tracing the history of the region from 15,000BC to the present, it includes everything from prehistoric to contemporary. The museum's best-known collection features a large number of Hopi Kachina Dolls. The appreciation and respect for the arts and lifestyles of Southwest Native American culture is promoted as the evolving philosophy of the Heard. Especially oriented toward children, the museum has a hands-on exhibit called "Old Ways, New Ways", which focuses on the Southwest Zuni, Northwest Coast Tsimshiam and the Great Plains Kiowa. The Heard museum holds over 32,000 ethnographic objects and contemporary work of art, 10 galleries, a new auditorium, education center, and an indoor/outdoor cafe.
Arizona Doll & Toy Museum (602) 253-9337
Farmer's Market - Open every Thursday from late October through May 20, 10am-2pm.
Heritage Square represents the Victorian root from which Phoenix originated in the 1860's. A Victorian complex in the heart of downtown. Heritage Square is a refreshing site among the relatively young city. Historical city park has eight turn-of-the-century houses, including the restored 1895 Victorian Rosson House. . The Farmer's Market presenting everything from fresh produce to other fine goods, fills the street of the square every Thursday. The available guided walking tours will wind you through the historical buildings, museums, restaurants and gift shops that encompass the remaining residential structures from the original townsite of Phoenix.
Papago Park / Hole-In-The-Rock
Galvin Parkway and Van Buren Street
Papago Park facilities include lagoon, desert hills and rugged mountains, a golf course, museums, picnic areas, fishing, and hiking. The Hole-In-The-Rock landmark is a great hit with the kids. Papago Park serves as a great place to sit back, relax and enjoy the sites that surround you.
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Avenue
Hours: Tuesday-Wednesday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday-Friday 10:00 am- 9:00pm
Saturday-Sunday 10:00am - 5:00pm
The Phoenix Art Museum is credited as being the largest visual arts museum in the Southwest. This museum specializes in contemporary Southwestern art, but also has other collections that cover North American art in general, sculpture, photography, 14th century fashion and decorative objects, exhibition of Renaissance work, the famous Throne Miniature Rooms historic interiors. The museum has expanded from its traditional exhibitions, and now offers a wide range of exhibitions throughout its 65,000 square feet of gallery space. Tours Available.