“come learn about the heritage of the Native peoples of the Southwest”
The Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is a museum located in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. There is also the Heard Museum North Scottsdale branch in Scottsdale and the Heard Museum West branch in Surprise. The overall mission of the Heard Museum is to educate the public about the heritage and the living cultures and arts of Native peoples, with emphasis on the peoples of the Southwest. The mission of the Heard Museum is to educate people about the arts, heritage and life ways of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indian tribes of the Southwest.Since its founding by Dwight and Maie Bartlett Heard in 1929 - as a small museum in a small Southwestern town - the Heard has grown in size and stature - to where now it is recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, its educational programming and its festivals - and Phoenix has grown along with it. The Heard is a living museum - giving voice to a uniquely American people. The Heard Museum Shops continue the museum's mission by providing authentic artwork purchased directly from the finest American Indian artists working today. Choose from an array of one-of-a-kind jewelry, pottery, paintings, sculpture, katsina dolls and weavings. You'll alson find an extensive selections of books by and about American Indians as well as unique gifts in every price range.
Currently free on the first Friday of each month. The Heard museum contains an eclectic collection of art and culture and history. The common thread throughout the museum is that these things are all related to the native people of Arizona. I enjoyed the art. The Indian School exhibit is both informative and sobering -- highlighting life in the Indian boarding schools to which the Federal government sent native children.
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Heard Museum & Gift Shop
- Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
- Mon - Sat: 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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