Phoenix Art Museum

#5 in Best Things To Do in Phoenix
Phoenix Art Museum picture
Bill Timmerman/Courtesy Phoenix Art Museum

Key Info

1625 North Central Ave.

Price & Hours

$18 for adults; $9 for kids 6-17; free for kid...
Tues, Thurs-Sat 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Wed 10 a.m.-9...

Details

Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend
4.1scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.5Atmosphere

Housed within a prime example of contemporary architecture is one of the largest art museums in the Southwest (with more than 18,000 works of art, some of them dating as far back as the Renaissance). From Diego Rivera to Frederic Remington, Georgia O'Keeffe to Frida Kahlo, the Phoenix Art Museum's permanent collection caters to a wide variety of tastes, and often welcomes top-notch traveling exhibits. Be sure to check out the popular Thorne Miniature Collection, and if you're traveling with kids, make sure to take advantage of the museum's youth-oriented activities.

Recent visitors praised the museum's size and layout and its ability to appeal to a variety of age groups. Reviewers also offered kudos for the on-site restaurant and gift shop.

The Phoenix Art Museum sits several blocks south of the Heard Museum in downtown Phoenix. The museum welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, except on Wednesday when it's open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Sunday, it's open from noon to 5 p.m. General admission ranges from $9 for children ages 6 to 17 to $18 for adults, although you can see the collection for free between 3 and 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, and the first Friday of each month from 6 to 10 p.m. Entry to special exhibits costs extra. For more information, visit the Phoenix Art Museum website.

See all Hotels in Phoenix »

More Best Things To Do in Phoenix

Desert Botanical Garden1 of 14
Camelback Mountain2 of 14
Type
Time to Spend
#1 Desert Botanical Garden

The desert may seem like the last place you'd expect to find flora. Yet the Desert Botanical Garden is home to thousands of species of cacti, trees and flowers from all around the world. The garden's brightly colored plants sharply contrast the Sonoran Desert's cinnamon-red buttes, and numerous hiking trails like the Plants and People of the Sonoran Desert and the Harriet K. Maxwell Desert Wildflower Loop trails allow you to experience the region's natural wonders the way early settlers once did. The Desert Botanical Garden also hosts numerous events, including culinary demonstrations and outdoor concert series.

Recent visitors said the garden is fascinating and highly recommended seeking out the special exhibits when available. Several reviewers suggested visiting after the sun sets to see the garden illuminated, while others appreciated the groomed paths and well-marked signs. However, some travelers bemoaned the entrance rates and were disappointed the zoo and the garden do not offer a combined admission since they sit less than 2 miles from one another.

Read more
Courtesy Desert Botanical Garden
See full list of Best Things To Do in Phoenix »

Explore More of Phoenix

When purchasing from our site, we may earn commissions. This does not affect the quality or independence of our editorial content.

Recommended

America's 15 Coolest Ghost Towns to Visit

From Kentucky to California, the U.S. is filled with eerie abandoned cities.

Lyn MettlerAugust 22, 2019

The 7 Best New Orleans Plantation Tours

Learn about the Big Easy's history through one of these daytrips.

Holly JohnsonAugust 21, 2019

22 Top Sonoma Wineries to Visit

Sip world-class wines while enjoying vineyard and mountain views.

Gwen PratesiAugust 19, 2019

30 Beautiful Caribbean Islands to Visit

It's time to plan your next tropical getaway.

Holly JohnsonAugust 8, 2019

The Best Travel Rewards Programs for 2019-20

See which airline and hotel loyalty programs come out on top.

Erin ShieldsAugust 6, 2019

20 Surprising Ways to Earn Loyalty Program Points or Miles

Branch out beyond hotel stays and flights to maximize your earnings.

Christine SmithAugust 6, 2019

The 12 Best Cancun Tours

These excursions will show you what lies beyond the city's bright beaches.

Lyn MettlerJuly 26, 2019

Traveling With Toddlers: 16 Tips to Make Your Vacation Go Smoothly

These expert travel hacks guarantee a happy trip for the whole family.

Kyle McCarthyJuly 25, 2019

The 11 Best New Orleans Ghost Tours

Hear chilling tales of the city's paranormal activity on one of these guided tours.

Kim Foley MacKinnonJuly 25, 2019

The 10 Best Seattle Boat Tours

Take in the Emerald City's top sights from the water.

Kim Foley MacKinnonJuly 24, 2019