Founded in the 1920s by Dwight B. and Marie Bartlett Heard, this collection houses tributes to myriad Native American culture ... More
Founded in the 1920s by Dwight B. and Marie Bartlett Heard, this collection houses tributes to myriad Native American culture and art. At the Heard Museum, permanent displays co-exist among traveling exhibits. Recent expansions include an educational facility called the Ullman Learning Center as well as an indoor and outdoor cafe. Free tours are offered daily. Plenty of parking may be found on the museum grounds. See website for complete visitation particulars.
The tour and exhibits on the varied Arizona tribes was excellent. The explanations of the varous pottery, jewelry, dress, culture, etc. was impressive. Highly recommended.
Avoid the Overview Tour. It centers on a few artists, includes some artifacts from the Inuit people in Alaska (why I could not fathom), and ends with a propagandized and racist exhibit about the Indian boarding schools. The exhibit is designed to show the Indians as totally helpless people and to engender hatred for the "white man."
Highly recommend a tour to give an overview and highlights of the musuem's collections. All guides are knowlegeable. The young Native American guides gave us an additional personal insight into the significance of the items and their continued use in everyday life. It was a distinct pleasure to have customs and exhibit objects described in the Navaho language along with an English translation.
GREAT EDUCATIONAL AND CULTURAL EXPERIENCE FOR THE POEPLE OF THIS CITY... THIS MUSEUM SEEMED TO BE VERY PROFESSIONAL AND ORGANIZED. A GREAT WAY TO GET AWAY FROM THE HUSSLE AND BUSSLE OF PHOENIX AND ENJOY ART.
As an educator, I visited knowing that it was about Native Americans. I didn't realize how it would leave me affected about how Native Americans have been treated as it did. Our guide was wonderful. The mural says it all about the treatment. The display of the Indian schools was also eye-opening. Also, as I am in a wheelchair, the museum was accessible. If I had not taken the tour, I would have not realized how accessible it is. Our guide's directions for the elevator were good.
We actually learned alot from our little visit.It was pouring rain, but it didnt matter.Very enjoyable and kid friendly,I would say from 3yrs up.There is stuff for kids to do and crafts.It was nice to read all the backgrounds of each tribe.We had fun!They also had lots of gifts to buy handmade by the indians
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