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Centrally located in Arizona's Phoenix area in the Valley of the Sun, the Heard Museum is a must-see destination for travelers and vacationers alike and is one of its most popular attractions. With three locations in the Valley, the Heard Museum offers a view of more than thirty-five thousand permanent ancient Native American Indian artifacts plus a plethora of changing exhibits. Visiting any or all of the locations means experiencing an astounding display of Native American relics that shed light on the exciting historic culture of the southwest today.
About the Heard Museum
For the best collections of the region's native cultures and art, visitors should look no further than the famous Heard Museum which has been offering Arizonans a look back in time for nearly seventy-five years. Today the museum beckons visitors from around the world. Its rich collections and sophisticated exhibits have garnered the Heard considerable acclaim.
Founded in 1929 by Dwight and Maie Heard, the museum has grown in leaps and bounds to become the respected institution it is today. Visitors come to the museum to discover the region's past and view the traditional artifacts and art that still provide the backbone for the area's native cultures today. But the Heard also provides contemporary work from Native American artisans in many areas of craftsmanship. The past and present of the region's Native American cultures are preserved and showcased for the world to see in the various galleries of the Heard.
Heard Collections and Exhibits
Each location of the Heard offers a special gift into Native American cultures. The downtown location boasts ten exhibition halls that showcase both permanent and changing collections. A specially-created display called Home: Native People in the Southwest will feature the best of the Heard's collections. Look for rare Hopi Katsina dolls, pottery, textiles, beadwork, and much more-all exquisite museum quality items.
At the North location, look for some exciting exhibitions about Weaving from the infamous Four Corners region. This crossroads area has witnessed so much history and the cultural melting pot is still evident in these old textiles. Also, look for another long-term display that explores change in the southwestern native art. A large collection of Katsina dolls, pottery, painting, sculpture, and basketry represent various trends in Native American art.
Visitors can expect more Heard greatness at the Surprise location. The art collections here demonstrate the great diversity of the region's Native Americans. Many of the Heard's permanent artifacts are on display here. A renowned exhibition by Navajo weavers can also be viewed at this location. But no matter what branch of the Heard you visit, be prepared for a total immersion into the Native life that once thrived throughout the region, but still continues to evolve and influence the entire southwest.
Three Locations in Greater Phoenix
There are three Heard Museum locations in the Greater Phoenix area. General admission for adults is $10 and is subject to change without notice. The downtown Phoenix Heard Museum is the original location and the most comprehensive. Its gift store features a large inventory of authentic Native American art.