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Heard Museum

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Mystery Castle

Both are rated highly by expert writers. On balance, Heard Museum ranks significantly better than Mystery Castle. Heard Museum scores 97 with recommendations from 7 publications including Travel + Leisure, Michelin Guide and Afar Magazine.

Both are rated highly by expert writers. On balance, Heard Museum ranks significantly better than Mystery Castle. Heard Museum scores 97 with recommendations from 7 publications including Travel + Leisure, Michelin Guide and Afar Magazine.

tripexpert score
97
#1 in Phoenix
location

2301 North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004

endorsements
  • 8 endorsements
  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    The Heard Museum is a can't-miss cultural institution in Phoenix. Full Review →

  • 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 →

  • 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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81
#12 in Phoenix

800 East Mineral Road, Phoenix, AZ 85040

  • 6 endorsements
  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    A visit to the castle is one that’s truly unmatched, and leaves you in awe of the precious sentiment that went into its construction. Full Review →

  • 6

    Fodor's

    At the foot of South Mountain lies a curious dwelling built from desert rocks by Boyce Gulley, who came to Arizona to cure his tuberculosis. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 35

    Built for a daughter who longed for a castle more permanent than those built in the sand at the beach, Mystery Castle is a wondrous work of folk-art architecture. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet

    Equal parts Mexican hacienda, Native American cliff dwelling and psychedelic sand castle, the 18-room Mystery Castle was constructed in the 1930s and ’40s by Boyce Luther Gulley. Full Review →

  • 59

    Where

    An 8,000-square-foot folk architecture castle in the foothills of South Mountain, with 18 rooms, 13 fireplaces and scores of there’s-a-story-here antiques, craftworks and found objects Full Review →

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