The Heard Museum is the perfect spot to take in the Southwest culture.  The Heard Museum is a non-profit, private museum.  It was founded in 1929 by Dwight B. and Maie Bartlett Heard.  The Museum held their private collection of artifacts and art.  This collection has grown as years have passed. The Heard Museum does hold true to its mission and philosophy of promoting an appreciation and respect for the Native American people and cultural heritage.  The emphasis of the Heard Museum is on the Southwest culture.

When people talk about visiting the Heard Museum, most of the time they are talking about the Heard Museum located in downtown Phoenix.  However, the Heard has expanded the Museum to the Scottsdale area.  The Heard Museum North (as it is referred) gives visitors a tiny glimpse of the things that are at the Heard Museum.

I have always enjoyed my visits to the Heard Museum.  The Museum is always changing.  As a matter of fact, the Heard has recently undergone an expansion.  It is quite beautiful.  This expansion will nearly double the size of the public space in the Education area.

The Museum has many exhibits to view and numerous opportunities to learn about the culture.  The exhibits are creativity done and give the visitor a good interpretation of the Native American life.

As a native Arizonan, it is important to regularly check in on the upcoming events and exhibits.  The Heard Museum is always growing and showing its visitors more.  One of my most favorite events is held in the spring.  It is the Native American Fair.  Every since I was in grade school, I have attended the Fair.  It has grown in size.  This past year it took me most of the day to see all the exhibits and dances.  Of course,I couldn’t leave without a taste of the Indian Fry Bread.  It is a real treat.

The Heard Museum is open Monday through Saturday 9:30 am to 5 pm and Sundays noon to 5 pm.  Admission: Adults $7.00, Seniors (65+) $6.00, Children (4 – 12) $3.00.

The Heard Museum is located in downtown Phoenix on Central Avenue.  An easy way to get to the Museum is from Interstate 10.  Exit onto 7th Avenue and head North to the first major intersection which is McDowell Road.  Turn right and head East to 3rd Street.  Then turn left and head West about 4 blocks to Monte Vista.  There will be a green and white sign for the Museum.  Turn left and head West, the Heard Museum is on the right.

If you only have a short time to take in the culture, please stop by the Heard Museum North for a sampling of the Heard Museum.

The Heard Museum North is open Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:30 pm and Sundays noon to 5 pm.  Admission: Adults $2.00 and Children (4 – 12) $1.00.

The Heard Museum North is located in North Scottsdale at the el Pedregal Festival Marketplace on Scottsdale Road and Carefree Highway.  The best way to get to the Museum is to head North on Scottsdale Road until you cross Carefree Highway.  Its address is 34505 North Scottsdale Road.

I would like to take a moment to encourage you to do two things during your visit to either of the Heard Museums.  One is to look into becoming a member of the Museum.  There are many benefits to becoming a member.  The second is to make sure you go into the Heard Museum Gift Shop.  The Gift Shop has so many items, it alone will take you some time to browse through.  It is a stop you must make during your visit.  I guarantee you will leave there with some terrific item to remember your visit.