Founded in 1929 by Dwight and Maie Heard, the Heard Museum in Phoenix is dedicated to the authentic and accurate portrayal of the arts and cultures of Native peoples by successfully combining the beauty of art with the stories of American Indian people from their personal perspectives. Internationally renowned for the exceptional quality of its collections, world-class exhibitions, innovative educational programs, the Heard Museum provides visitors with a unique perspective and insight into the art and cultures of Native people, particularly those from the Southwest.
The mission of the Heard Museum, Arizona, is to educate the community and visitors from around the world about the arts, heritage and life ways of America’s indigenous peoples, particularly Indian tribes and other cultures of the Southwest region of the country. The Museum also aims to promote greater public awareness of these people and the important role they have played in the history of America.
The Heard Museum art collection features more than 40,000 objects that focus and highlight the lives of Native peoples, particularly those from the Southwest. The two focal areas of the collection range from contemporary Native fine art from North America, and cultural groups from the Greater Southwest, both of which feature exceptional items such as Hopi katsina dolls, Navajo textiles, baskets, ceramics, and Navajo and Zuni jewelry. There are also more than 4,000 artworks ranging from the 20th century American Indian Fine Art Movement to the present and include superb works by extraordinary historical and contemporary American Indian artists.
The Heard Museum offers a variety of customized educational programs and learning experiences for school groups, children, and adult learners both at the museum and off-site, as well as supplying teachers with a range of excellent resources to add to their distinctive classroom curricula.
Hands-on children’s educational tours and school tours of several museum galleries are available for grades K-12, as well as individual and private tours if required. The museum’s interactive galleries offer interactive fun for children, and ‘kids-at-heart’ and boast many unique cultural learning opportunities for both children and their parents.
The Heard Museum is home to the Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives — a comprehensive research facility that provides an extensive array of information about indigenous art and cultures from around the world. The Library also offers an unparalleled resource collection on almost 25,000 American Indian artists through a vast collection of books, periodicals, papers, biographies and more. The Library and Archives collections include American Indian artists’ biographical resources, American Indian art and culture of the Southwest, and American Indian fine arts, as well as Inuit art and culture, indigenous arts of Oceania, Africa, and Asia, and general anthropology and history. Other collections include creative writing and a variety of Native Studies, and Museum Studies and library and archival sciences.
The Heard Museum is located at 2301 North Central Avenue in Phoenix and is open every day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Museum offers daily guided public tours that are included with admission and are led by experienced docents who explore the artists, cultures, and artwork featured in the museum’s galleries, as well as the signature exhibit ‘HOME: Native Peoples in the Southwest.’ The Museum also offers personal guided tours and individual experiences, as well as school and group tours, with lunch packages available.
The Heard Museum has several on-site shops that sell a variety of authentic Native American art and artworks, as well as specialty items, books, and gifts. The stores help to promote American Indian cultural by providing a platform for American Indian artists to display and sell their art, and in turn educate the public about it. The Heard Museum Shop sells an array of American Indian jewelry, basketry, pottery, sculpture, paintings, katsina dolls, and weavings, and Books & More offers a wide selection of books about American Indian art and its history, as well as numerous children’s titles, cooking books and travelogues.
The Courtyard Café serves excellent Southwest-inspired fare in a relaxed atmosphere within the Museum. Tuck into freshly prepared salads, sandwiches, and hot entrées, many of which feature American Indian and locally sourced organic ingredients, accompanied by a variety of beverages and soft drinks. Specialty coffees, sweet treats, and grab-and-go snacks can be ordered from the Coffee Cantina.
2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Phone: 602-252-8840