The Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is one of the nation’s foremost institutions dedicated solely to Native American history, with a particular emphasis on the cultures of America’s Southwest. The Museum strives to present a sympathetic and accurate portrayal of America’s native cultures, with a notable interest in collaboration with the local Native American community. It was established in 1929 by settlers Dwight and Maie Heard, and has undergone several major expansions in the ensuing years. The attached Museum Guild, founded in 1956, today comprises over 600 volunteers to assist in the daily functions of the Museum.
The Heard actively collects fine art, including paintings, drawings, photography, and sculpture by Native American artists past and present, as well as a variety of historical artifacts. In addition to its indoor exhibition space, the Heard includes outdoor sculpture gardens and the Scott L. Libby Jr. Amphitheater, dedicated to performances of music and dance. The Dorrance Education Center features hands-on opportunities for visitors to learn about the production of various Native American crafts. An active schedule of events and festivals draws over 40,000 visitors annually.
In addition to its Phoenix location, the Heard Museum has a satellite location, the Heard Museum North in Scottsdale, AZ.
Heard Museum Information
- Other Venues: Heard Museum North (32633 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale)
- Public Transportation: Good (steps from the METRO Light Rail and buses 0, 512, and GAL at the Encanto Blvd./Central Avenue stop). The north location in Scottsdale is not easily accessible
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good at both locations
- Hours: Monday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. (Heard North opens at 10 am); Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
- Downtown Phoenix: Adults, $12; Seniors, $11; Students, $5; Children (6-12), $3; Children under 6, free; Museum members and Native Americans, free
- North Scottsdale: Adults, $5; Seniors, $4; Students/ Children (6-12), $2; Children under 6, free; Museum members and Native Americans, free
- Free Day: Second Sunday of every month, admission is free to Arizona residents
- Membership: Membership is tiered, with donations between $40-$500; benefits include free admission, bookstore discounts, exhibit previews, magazine subscriptions, and discounts to events and festivals.