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Heard Museum

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Arizona Museum of Natural History

Both Heard Museum and Arizona Museum of Natural History are rated highly by expert reviewers. On balance, Heard Museum ranks significantly better than Arizona Museum of Natural History. Heard Museum ranks #1 in Phoenix with praise from 7 publications including concierge.com, Frommer's and Fodor's.

Both Heard Museum and Arizona Museum of Natural History are rated highly by expert reviewers. On balance, Heard Museum ranks significantly better than Arizona Museum of Natural History. Heard Museum ranks #1 in Phoenix with praise from 7 publications including concierge.com, Frommer's and Fodor's.

tripexpert score
97
#1 in Phoenix
location

2301 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004

endorsements
  • 8 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Pioneer settlers Dwight and Maie Heard built a Spanish colonial–style building on their property to house their collection of Southwestern art. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    The Heard Museum is one of the nation's finest museums dealing exclusively with Native American cultures and is an ideal introduction to the indigenous peoples of Arizona. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    This extraordinary museum is a magical mystery tour through the history, life, arts and culture of Native American tribes in the Southwest. Full Review →

  • 12

    Travel + Leisure

    Even if it didn’t house one of the world’s premiere collections of Native American art, you’d want to hang out in this space. Full Review →

  • 59

    Where

    Curated, themed, static and interactive exhibits feature icons, implements, lore, lifestyles and artistic expression from primitive through contemporary. Full Review →

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83
#6 in Phoenix

53 N. MacDonald Street, Mesa, AZ 85201

  • 5 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's

    Kids young and old get a thrill out of the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in the state at this large museum where you can also pan for gold and see changing exhibits from around the world. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    This is one of the best museums in the Valley, and its wide variety of exhibits appeals to people with a range of interests. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    This museum is worth a trip, especially if your kids are into dinosaurs. Full Review →

  • 12

    Travel + Leisure

    Located in the neighboring city of Mesa, this kid-friendly museum explores the Arizona’s natural and cultural history with plenty of hands-on, interactive, sound-and-light, try-this-on exhibits. Full Review →

  • 59

    Where

    The history of Arizona and the world is relayed through such activities as gold-panning, viewing old caves and the Peralta Stone maps. Full Review →

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