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2301 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004Map ItPhone: 602 252-8840
Fax: 602 252-9757

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The internationally acclaimed Heard Museum is one of the best places to experience the myriad cultures and art of American Indians of the Southwest. Located on Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix, the museum hosts 200,000 visitors a year and "provides Indian artists with a wonderful home that will excite and inspire visitors from around the world," according to Arizona Highways. The museum's 11 spacious exhibit galleries and beautiful outdoor courtyards feature outstanding traditional and contemporary American Indian art. The Heard Museum Shop offers an array of authentic Native art, while the Berlin Gallery features outstanding contemporary fine art for purchase. The Cafe whips up tasty Southwest-inspired salads, sandwiches and soups; visit the Cantina for gourmet coffee drinks and snacks.

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  • Distance from Downtown Phoenix (in miles): 2
  • Distance from Sky Harbor International Airport (in miles): 8


  1. Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience

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    This groundbreaking exhibit explores the controversial 1879 U.S. federal government mandate designed to "civilize," assimilate, and Americanize American Indian children by sending them to Indian boarding schools. Learn how Native children were separated from their families and often stripped of cultural identity and language. Through sounds from the past, poignant black-and-white photomurals, and the voices and words of boarding school attendees, this moving exhibit traces the history and evolution of the American Indian boarding school experience.

  2. We Are! Arizona's First People

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    Perfect for families and school groups, this interactive gallery invites visitors to learn more about the past, present and future of Arizona’s 21 federally recognized tribal communities. From the importance of land and family to the preservation of languages and traditions, We Are! opens a door on the contemporary worlds of Native America.

  3. History and Collections of the Heard Museum

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    In 1929, Dwight Heard and Maie Bartlett Heard founded the Heard Museum, establishing what has become an internationally recognized center for Native cultures and art. This exhibit traces the museum’s history of more than seven decades, offering a glimpse into the Heard’s unparalleled collections of American Indian art and cultural materials with an emphasis on the Southwest.

  4. Choices and Change: American Indian Artists in the Southwest

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    This long-term exhibit features paintings, sculpture, jewelry, baskets, katsina dolls and pottery from the renowned Heard Museum collection. The show contains a wide-ranging selection of pieces that reveal how individual artists create work that changes in response to new stimuli. See how work from multiple generations of artists bridges both a past rich in tradition and a dynamic and changing American Indian culture.

  5. Chocolate, Chili and Cochineal

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    Explore chocolate, chili and cochineal dye, which will be celebrated through both art and special programs during this exhibit (including a giant cacao tree in the gallery!). These three products of the Western Hemisphere have added beauty and zest to the lives of people around the world. The merits of chocolate and chili should be at once recognizable. Cochineal is a red dye made from insects that feed on cactus from the genus Opuntia, and has been prized throughout the world since the 15th century. Cochineal was used to dye bayeta cloth, and the yarns of the cloth became prized fibers for Navajo weavers. The rich crimson dye also colored the paint used in Hispanic retablo and bulto art. These three contributions to the world are in the vein of recent popular books 1491 and 1493 by Charles C. Mann.

  6. American Indian Fashion: From Lloyd Kiva New to Now-- Heard Museum North Scottsdale

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    Since the mid-20th century, American Indian fashion and design have reinforced Native identity and provided a platform for Native expression. The exhibit, which will be on display at our Heard Museum North Scottsdale community campus, will use clothing and accessories from the Heard collection and other private collections to examine how materials, design, style and accessories honor tradition and create innovative statements on Native identity and culture. Featured artists include legendary Cherokee designer Lloyd Kiva New, Virgil Ortiz (Cochiti) and other acclaimed artists.

  7. Stories Outside the Lines: American Indian Ledger Art

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    The Heard journeys beyond the Southwest in this exhibit, which has been expanded from its original showing at Heard Museum North Scottsdale. Ledger book drawing began in the late 19th century when, as a legacy of warfare, the U.S. government was placing Native people on reservations. The tribes that were relocated were largely tribes of the Great Plains, and many of their cultures had traditions of recording events on animal hides using natural pigments. Confined to a reservation or faced with imprisonment, Indians turned to the materials they had available to them - ledger books and pencils, provided by traders and government agents - to record events and past achievements in their lives. The tradition has continued through the years as contemporary artists create stories and scenes inspired by these artists from long ago.

  8. The Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century

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    The Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century pays homage to the birth of a child and a modern Indian nation through the art of an acclaimed family of artists. In 1914, the Chiricahua Apache people were released from their status of prisoners of war and given allotments of land in and around Fort Sill, Oklahoma. Some headed west to join the Mescalero Apache in New Mexico, while other Chiricahuas stayed to claim land allotments in Oklahoma. Eventually, this group of Apaches was recognized as the modern Fort Sill Apache Tribe. Shortly after, Allan Houser, who would grow to become one of the century’s greatest American Indian artists, was born at Fort Sill, Oklahoma on June 30. The exhibit commemorates these anniversaries of creativity and freedom through art of Allan Houser and sons Bob Haozous and Phillip Haozous. The stories and art of Fort Sill Apache prisoners of war has long served as inspiration for this family’s art.

  9. Blue Star Museum Initiative

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    The Heard Museum is proud to be part of the Blue Star Museum Initiative! The program offers free admission to the Heard for all active-duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 27, through Labor Day, Sept. 1, 2014. The program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active-duty military members (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve members, and up to five immediate family members.

  10. Teacher Appreciation Month

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    The Heard Museum is thanking K-12 teachers from Arizona schools with a special offer in June. During Teacher Appreciation Month, the Heard will give teachers with valid school ID a 50% discount off the adult admission price of $18. This offer is good for the teacher and one guest. The Heard hosts free tours for schools, so this is a great way for teachers to learn more about how a visit to the Heard can benefit their students. The museum’s educational programming meets Arizona State Standards for American Indian culture and history instruction, and the museum is also a great place for kids of all ages to learn more about the rich artistic expressions of Native peoples. Spend the day enjoying the Heard’s 11 exhibit galleries, take one of several public tours to gain a deeper perspective into the exhibits, have lunch or a snack at the Courtyard Café or the Coffee Cantina, and browse the selections at our boutique bookstore Books and More and the award-winning Heard Museum Shop.