Phoenix's Best Museums & Galleries
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See the piano where John Lennon composed "Imagine" plus 10,000 other instruments from 200 different countries at this comprehensive museum, ranked one of the top 15 museums in the United States and located just minutes from the resort. It's also home to the world's first Steinway piano and a custom Yamaha guitar from Carlos Santana's collection. Play instruments from all across the world in the interactive Experience Gallery, from a West African djembe to a Peruvian harp!
Discover a global collection of modern and contemporary art, design, and architecture at SMoCA. Located in Old Town and surrounded by boutique Scottsdale art galleries, the museum features a unique "skyspace" where you can experience the changing light and color of the desert sky.
Visit this Smithsonian Affiliate destination and you'll see the West from a whole new perspective where stories come to life through Western and Native American art, artifacts and living cultures. Discover exhibits of Western art, genuine Old West cowboy gear, Hopi pottery across six centuries, and bronze sculptures. Don't miss the Native American buffalo robes, pristine Navajo chief's blankets, Kit Carson's pistol, and the presentation style pipe tomahawk of Captain Meriwether Lewis (of Lewis & Clark expedition).
Stroll through the personal residence and school of America's most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright. Completed in 1959, Taliesin West is built from native rocks and merges into the landscape, a stunning architectural gem and National Historic Landmark. Located less than 15 minutes from the resort.
Be amazed by the wonders of science in Downtown Phoenix at this hands-on, family-friendly museum with more than 300 interactive exhibits. Catch a show in the five-story theater or go stargazing in the planetarium. Ride the Skycycle, play with electricity, and experience forces of nature like hurricanes and earthquakes.
Explore traditional and contemporary American Indian art at this world-renowned museum, which features 12 unique galleries and outdoor sculpture gardens. Join a guided tour to learn more about treasures like Zuni jewelry, Navajo textiles, and prehistoric artifacts of the Southwest. Known for its award-winning exhibits, there is always something new to experience at the Heard Museum.
Learn about Old West history at this Downtown Phoenix museum with a collection of original stagecoaches, gold nuggets, mining relics and the largest collection of Western-themed oil paintings by illustrator N.C. Wyeth. Explore exhibits on the Pony Express and the telegraph, and browse cool old-timey photos and tintypes.