Friday, January 29, 2016

7 Stand Out Museums

Scottsdale packs a punch when it comes to award-winning museums. Focus ranges from Native American Culture to music from around the globe, providing a museum experience for everyone. And, with so many of them offering out-of-the-ordinary, interactive exhibits, we’re not even sure museum is the right word. Here are seven of the best that you can’t afford to miss.


Western Spirt: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

This downtown gem, which debuted in January 2015, celebrates the pioneer spirit of the American West through changing exhibitions of fine art, rare historic artifacts and cultural treasures like Texas Ranger badges, hand-tooled saddles and shiny spurs.

Heard Museum

Heard Museum

Explore the American Indian cultures of the Southwest at the world-renowned Heard Museum. The museum also hosts popular annual events like the World Championship Hoop Dance Competition in February and the Indian Fair & Market in March.

Musical Instrument Museum

See, hear and play instruments from around the world at the Musical Instrument Museum. More than 5,000 instruments and cultural artifacts are on display, including instruments played by icons like Eric Clapton, John Lennon and Carlos Santana.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

SMoCA celebrates modern art, architecture and design through thought-provoking, changing exhibitions. The museum, an ingenious renovation of an old movie theater by architect Will Bruder, also is home to “Knight Rise,” a James Turrell skyspace (above) that allows you to track the sun’s colorful path across the desert sky.
A local favorite for more than 50 years, the Phoenix Art Museum presents popular international exhibitions alongside it’s collection of more than 17,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American and contemporary art and fashion design.
Pueblo Grande copy
Gain insight into the culture and lifestyle of the ancient Hohokam at Pueblo Grande Museum & Archeological Park (above). Ruins of a Hohokam village and replicas of traditional houses are easily accessible along a 2/3-mile interpretive trail.
Comm Air Force
This spacious museum includes approximately 30 historic aircraft and numerous exhibits celebrating America’s aviation history, including the Flying Tigers, Tuskegee Airmen and Women Airforce Service Pilots.

from Official Travel Site for Scottsdale, Arizona |

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