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The art scene in America's southwest is thriving now more than ever, the city of Phoenix leading the pack when it comes to high-quality art museums, galleries, events, and education. There are so many different places to explore to immerse yourself into art here, be it at Roosevelt Row's vibrant and modern art gallery district or Heard Museum's live Native American performances and displays. See art in many forms during this 3-day adventure filled with live performances, cultural museum visits, district explorations, and much more.
Phoenix Art Museum
This highly impressive art museum holds a collection of acclaimed art that spans from the Renaissance to the present, providing access to visual arts and educational programs for nearly 60 years now. See 'art of our time and historical objects that illuminate the distant past' during your visit, with several regularly changing exhibits ready to be viewed, discussed, and devoured. There are 10 main Collections offered here at the Phoenix Museum of Art, including the following categories: Asian, Contemporary, Fashion Design, Latin America, Modern, Photography, European, Thorne Rooms, America, and Western America.
This nationally-known arts district boasts one of the finest scenes of art, culture, and cultural events in the southwest, the district fondly called 'RoRo'. During your visit to the district, your group will be able to find unique gifts, delicious meals, trendy outfits, and, of course, plenty of art, the 'creative pulse unlike anywhere else' everywhere you look. Visit Roosevelt Row Merchants, Hot Box Galleries, Roosevelt Row Market, and so much more! We highly suggest you visit RoRo on a Friday, with something special taking place each Friday of the month. Our favorite days are First Fridays, in which the nation's largest self-guided art walk takes place from 6 pm to 11 pm. This event is so popular that it has recently been recognized by USA Today as “The Top 10 Arts Districts in the US.”
Orpheum Theatre Phoenix
Orpheum Theatre hosts a wide variety of first-class productions within a vibrant and historic venue, one you can learn all about during a public theatre tour. Orpheum puts on concerts, Broadway musicals, opera and ballet performances, and special events, it's unique jewel-box setting and acoustics great for many styles of live performances. The Phoenix Opera, Arizona's most exciting opera company, calls the Orpheum home, as does the Phoenix Ballet, Arizona's premier ballet company. Phoenix Opera puts on highly popular works from the late 18th to early 20th centuries, including such popular works as Madame Butterfly, Carmen, The Magic Flute, La Traviata, and many more.
Welcome to Phoenix's Heard Museum, the local art and culture museum that holds exhibits devoted to Native American Civilizations and Southwest Art. This museum was first founded in 1929 and is recognized internationally for the 'quality of its collection, world-class exhibits, educational programming, and unmatched festivals'. Dedicated to the advancement of American Indian Art, Heard truly sets the standard for American Indian art collaborations and exhibitions. While here your group will be able to see first-hand some of this art, whether in the galleries or with a live performance.
Old Town Scottsdale
This area boasts a bevy of boutiques, bars, lounges, restaurants, clubs, and galleries along the streets, as well as several museums and other recreational attractions. During the day your group can spend some time strolling the gardens with ice cream in hand, admiring art along Main Street, shopping for souvenirs with Southwestern flair, or enjoying a movie at Harkins Theatres. The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art can be found within the district, as can the Museum of the West. During the night explore the dining and bar scene, with almost countless options available depending on your mood.
During your visit to Taliesin West, your group will be able to take part in a tour to learn more about the home and architect genius behind it, with several different options available that range from 30 minutes to 3 hours. You can enjoy a free guided tour or any of the following specialty tours; Insights Tour, Behind the Scenes Tour, Details Tour, Night Lights Tour, and Private Collection Tour. The flagship tour is the Insights Tour, a journey around the structure that will show you Wright's private quarters, living room, the Garden Room, Drafting Studio, Music Pavilion, Cabaret, and more.
Musical Instrument Museum
The instruments within the walls of MIM come from over 200 countries and territories, representing every inhabitable continent in the world. Most of the displays you will see throughout the various galleries are enhanced by state of the art audio and video technology that allows you to see the instruments, hear the sounds, and observe them being played in their most natural state. Explore the 5 major Geographical Galleries on the first floor, along with the Orientation Gallery, which will take you through the artistry, diversity, and movement of the various instruments. See everything from a Chinese Opera to a Mariachi Band throughout the gallery.
Area Art Festivals to Plan Around:
Phoenix Festival of the Arts - December
Scottsdale Arts Festival - March