DESCRIPTION: This internationally acclaimed museum is arguably, the best museum to experience the myriad cultures, history and art of Native Americans in the Southwest. Through outstanding traditional and contemporary Native American art, to Indian artists with a wonderful home that will excite and inspire visitors from around the world. More than 35,000 artifacts distributed among some of the 10 spacious exhibit galleries make up the museum’s permanent collection; includes a 400-seat multipurpose auditorium, Education Center, expanded Museum Shop and Bookstore, and indoor-outdoor Arcadia Farms. Perhaps, the most incredible reason to visit is the exhibit describing how Native Americans were forcibly moved on the Trail of Tears and others were required to attend Indian Schools, while being stripped of the culture — heartbreaking stuff that African Americans can relate to.
DAYS & HOURS: daily 9:30a-5p; Free public guided tours are offered daily at Noon, 1:30 and 3p
ADDRESS: 2301 North Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ
DESCRIPTION: Opened 1972, it recently completed a renovation and expansion; home to the Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera and Ballet Arizona, large Broadway touring companies, dance productions, and popular entertainer concerts; features 2,387 chairs with wood bases for better acoustics and a major art collection to stimulate your visual appetite.
ADDRESS: 225 East Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ
DESCRIPTION: They took 12 years and $14 million to carefully restore it to its early 20th century opulence when it hosted Vaudeville acts; touring Broadway plays, musicals and dramatic events are today’s fare; has 1,062 seats on orchestra level, 302 in the balcony.
ADDRESS: 203 West Adams Street, Phoenix, AZ
DESCRIPTION: Designed for concerts, Broadway shows, family stage shows, boxing, and convention meetings; seating can vary from 1,900 to 5,000 for concerts, 5,500 for sporting events, and with innovative moving sidewalls and a fully rigged Broadway stage house, great music sound system too.
ADDRESS: 400 West Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix Art Museum
DESCRIPTION: This leading art museum in the American Southwest opened in 1959, and today continues to reflect the constant commitment from the community and mirror the growth of Phoenix. It features American, European, Latin American and Asian art.
PHONE: Tue-Sun 10a-5p, Thu 10a-9p
ADDRESS: 1625 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ