22 December . 2016
Get Your Culture Fix in Phoenix
Arizona is home to a diverse variety of cultural adventures for the whole family. From musical arrangements to Western History, you’re sure to find the right culture fix for one and all. Whether you’re entertaining visitors from out of town or just looking for some fun for the family, check out these great Phoenix-Metro museums and cultural centers, most just a 30-mile drive from Estrella.
Musical Instrument Museum
The Musical Instrument Museum, often called “the MIM,” opened its North Phoenix doors in 2010. Guests get the chance to view, listen and learn the history and cultural significance of music. Home to more than 15,000 instruments and artifacts from more than 200 countries, the displays are both unique and diverse. Video and audio demonstrations provide cultural context for each exhibit. The MIM also features galleries that pay homage to significant musical icons from John Lennon and Johnny Cash to Maroon 5 and Taylor Swift. Complete with a concert venue, café, gift shop and more, there is plenty to see and experience at the Musical Instrument Museum.
Phoenix Art Museum
It’s easy to spend an entire day in the Phoenix Art Museum. With three levels, more than 18,000 pieces in more than 400 exhibits, this is the place to get your culture fix in downtown Phoenix. From classical art to modern artwork, you’ll enjoy incredible exhibits wherever you look. The museum also offers live performances, films, festivals, lectures, art-making activities and other family events. If you cannot make the trip downtown, some exhibits can even be viewed online!
AZ Science Center
Focused on inspiring, educating and engaging minds through science and technology, the Arizona Science Center is located in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The center has activities for all-ages including a multitude of hands-on exhibits and interactive experiences. With camps, themed events, a planetarium and frequent national-traveling exhibits, the whole family will enjoy a visit to the Arizona Science Center.
Founded in the late 1920s, the Heard Museum is one of the oldest cultural centers in Arizona. Guests have the unique ability to view more than 40,000 Native American artifacts and inspired artwork from local Arizona and nationwide Indian communities. Since opening, the museum has undergone numerous expansions and renovations. The museum is currently comprised of 12 galleries, a café, bookstore, auditorium and outdoor sculpture garden showcasing preserved American Indian fine jewelry, pottery, textiles and more.
The Grady Gammage Memorial Auditorium, often shortened to just “Gammage,” is a massive multipurpose performing arts center located in Tempe on the main campus of Arizona State University. Designed by world-renowned architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, Gammage is an iconic venue in the southwest. Since opening in 1964, distinguished productions from Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, The Lion King and more have graced the stage, performing to thousands of spectators. As beautiful inside as it is out, a show at Gammage is an exciting experience. To learn more about upcoming shows, visit www.asugammage.com/shows
Buckeye Valley Museum
Travel back in time by visiting the Buckeye Valley Museum, just down the hill from Estrella. Established in the mid 1950s, the Buckeye Valley Museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing our local history. With an impressive collection of Columbian pottery, historic photographs and local artifacts, visitors can step back in time to learn more about Buckeye’s past.
Regardless of what type of culture fix you’re seeking, there is plenty to find here in the Valley. For more information on additional museums and cultural centers in the Phoenix area, visit Arizona Leisure.
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