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Heard Museum

Known for its fine collection of Native American arts and crafts, this institution is spread out over two locations.

Many say that the Heard Museum has one of the finest Native American collections in the country. The museum thanks its reputation to the quality of its art and crafts, from pre-Columbian times to the present day. It also shows the American Indian way of life through exhibitions, artist demonstrations, educational programs and festivals.

Pioneer settlers Dwight and Maie Heard built the museum in 1929 in a Spanish Colonial building to showcase their collection of American Indian artwork. Dwight died before it was finalized, but his wife Maie stayed on as the director, curator and lecturer for more than 20 years. The venue now occupies two sites, one in Central Phoenix and one in North Scottsdale. 

Hear the stories, follow the history and study the artwork of the country’s indigenous people. There are more than 40,000 objects exhibited across 12 galleries, including paintings, carvings, sculptures and Hopi katsina dolls. Join a free, guided tour in the afternoon to take in all the highlights. The museum’s signature exhibit is Home: Native People in the Southwest. The videos and art displays include cultural objects and craft-making techniques. Listen to the voices of Native Americans from the region’s major tribes as they talk about art, daily life and their relationship with the land. 

Join in activities for the whole family at several of the galleries. Create your own pieces of Native art and weave beads, make Apache burden baskets or Yaqui paper flowers. Events at the Heard include lecture series and artifacts markets. The annual World Championship Hoop Dance contest attracts Native American tribes from across North America. 

The downtown Heard Museum is open daily throughout the year, except Easter, July 4 and Christmas Day. Park for free on the museum grounds or take the light rail to the entrance on North Central Avenue. The Heard North also has free parking, as well as an American Indian Art shop, café, and sculpture and native plant garden.


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The Clarendon Hotel and Spa $61
The Clarendon Hotel and Spa

The Clarendon Hotel and Spa

401 W Clarendon Avenue, Phoenix
     
    4.1
    of 5, from 2,559 reviews
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    Offering a convenient setting in midtown Phoenix, this locally-owned boutique hotel is within 3 miles of Chase Field, US Airways Center, and Phoenix Civic Plaza Convention Center.

    Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Phoenix Midtown $79
    Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Phoenix Midtown

    Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Phoenix Midtown

    2520 N Central Avenue, Phoenix
       
      4.6
      of 5, from 1,060 reviews
      2.5 out of 5.0

      Located in Encanto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Heard Museum, Arizona Opera, and Phoenix Art Museum. Burton Barr Central Library and Encanto Park are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Great Location, near Parks and Museums by WanderJaunt
      Great Location, near Parks and Museums by WanderJaunt

      Great Location, near Parks and Museums by WanderJaunt

      208 E Virginia Ave, #5, Phoenix
         
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Encanto, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Heard Museum and Phoenix Theatre. Phoenix Convention Center and Talking Stick Resort Arena are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown $67
        Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown

        Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown

        3600 N 2nd Ave, Phoenix
           
          3.6
          of 5, from 2,002 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          In the central business and financial corridor, Wyndham Garden Phoenix Midtown is 1 block from a light rail station, within 2 miles of a public golf course and the Heard Museum, and 3 miles from downtown Phoenix.

          Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Downtown North $86
          Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Downtown North

          Embassy Suites by Hilton Phoenix Downtown North

          10 E Thomas Rd, Phoenix
             
            4.3
            of 5, from 455 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Located in Encanto, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Barrow Neurological Institute and Saint Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center. Heard Museum and Phoenix Theatre are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Charming Bungalow $65
            Charming Bungalow

            Charming Bungalow

            2230 N 9th Street, Phoenix
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 5 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Located in Encanto, this vacation home is within 1 mi (2 km) of Heard Museum and Phoenix Theatre. Phoenix Convention Center and Chase Field are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Ramada by Wyndham Phoenix Midtown $55
              Ramada by Wyndham Phoenix Midtown

              Ramada by Wyndham Phoenix Midtown

              212 West Osborn, Phoenix
                 
                3.4
                of 5, from 1,054 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Encanto, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Barrow Neurological Institute and within 3 mi (5 km) of Phoenix Theatre and Phoenix Convention Center. Heard Museum and Arizona Opera are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Centrally Located in Phoenix
                Centrally Located in Phoenix

                Centrally Located in Phoenix

                , Phoenix
                   
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                  of 5, from 1 reviews
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                  Located in Encanto, this condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Heard Museum and Phoenix Theatre. Phoenix Convention Center and Chase Field are also within 3 mi (5 km).