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Heard Museum Tours

Date(s): Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Art Exhibit, Exhibition, Gallery Show, Tour, Visit
Genre and Form(s): American Indian, Community, History, Indigenous, Visual Art
Cost: Varies

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

About this Event

Founded in 1929, the Heard Museum seeks to be the world's preeminent museum for the preservation, interpretation, and advancement of American Indian art, providing a distinct, first-person perspective of Native people in the Southwest.

With 12 galleries and an outdoor sculpture garden, the museum features a wide array of ways to engage with traditional and contemporary Native American art. Permanent collections include exhibitions on Native homelands and history, boarding school stories, Hopi katsina dolls, classic Pueblo pottery, Navajo textiles, jewelry, and more. Current exhibitions include:

Ready to visit? Tickets for the Heard Museum are $20 for adults, $17 for seniors (65+), $9 for students or children, and free for children under 5 and American Indians with tribal ID, with a $3 discount when you order online. To get tickets, visit the Heard Museum's website at and enter "NEABigRead" in the discount code field for tracking.

To learn more about the Heard Museum, visit their website at

Looking for more events? Take a tour of the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Centerwrite in response to the Heard Museum with Manny Loley on March 13, or view the full schedule for the NEA Big Read today at

About the Author

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Dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art, the Heard Museum presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, as well as exhibitions that showcase the beauty and vitality of traditional and contemporary art.

The museum's activities revolve around collecting, preserving and presenting art ranging from ancestral artifacts to contemporary paintings and jewelry. Exhibitions lay the foundation for learning about the cultures and experiences of the people.

About the NEA Big Read

This event is presented as part the NEA Big Read: Phoenix, celebrating Indigenous literary arts and culture in the Valley with over 25 talks, workshops, performances, book clubs, art exhibits other virtual events inspired by The Round House by Louise Erdrich. The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The NEA Big Read: Phoenix is presented by the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University with additional support from Arizona Humanities, Phoenix Public Library, and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Humanities Division at ASU. Find events, meet our partners, and start reading today at

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Support Indigenous Communities

The Phoenix Indian Center is the oldest American Indian non-profit organization of its kind in the United States, providing workforce development, cultural enrichment, and other vital services to Indigenous communities throughout the Valley for over 70 years. To support their work, visit their website at, click the donate button, enter an amount, and enter "NEA Big Read" in the description. Please consider making a gift to the Phoenix Indian Center today.

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