Heard Museum

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Heard Museum is a fascinating institution that provides a unique insight into Native American history and culture. Situated on Phoenix's Central Avenue, the museum building has expanded with a new annex now to be found in the West Valley, known as Heard Museum West.

As a center of American Indian history, the museum serves to educate the public about the lifestyle of Native American Indians over the years. Heard Museum documents the lives - past and present - of the American Indians, and examines their involvement with the city of Phoenix.

The museum was originally used to house the collection of artifacts owned by founders Dwight B. and Maie Bartlett Heard. Since its inception in 1929, the building has grown exponentially, and now houses a major collection of paintings and other art. Today, the museum is internationally recognized for the quality of artwork and other exhibits housed within its walls. With over 40,000 items to browse and a library that boasts 34,000 volumes, Heard Museum requires a fully day's exploration to truly experience everything it has to offer.

One of the most notable exhibits in the museum is the Mareen Allen Nichols Collection. Here, visitors can examine over 260 pieces of contemporary jewelry. There is also the Barry Goldwater Collection of 437 historic Hopi Kachina Dolls to browse.

In November, an annual Spanish Market is hosted in the museum, complete with strolling mariachis and artwork from Hispanic artists from Arizona and New Mexico. Other notable festivals include the World Championship Hoop Dancing Contest, which takes place in February, and the Indian Fair and Market.

Visitors seeking hotels in Phoenix, Arizona will find The McCormick Scottsdale to be within close range of the Heard Museum as well as a host of other attractions.