To mark National Museum Day on May 18, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) recommends touring any of the four Phoenix-area institutions offering an array of art, artifacts and memorabilia for residents and visitors.
The Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., offers a special event Thursday with an 11:30 a.m. lecture regarding “Felt #10/Red” by Arturo Herrera, as well as its ongoing art, photography and sculpture exhibits.
The Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., currently features an interactive exhibit with art by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, along with its American Indian collection.
Rated Phoenix’s top attraction by Tripadvisor, the world’s only global Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., presents a collection of more than 6,500 instruments from all corners of the globe with multisensory displays and iconic objects belonging to legendary musicians, such as John Lennon and Dolly Parton, among others. Visitors can play instruments in the facility’s Experience Gallery.
The Commemorative Air Force Museum, 2017 N. Greenfield Rd. in Mesa, shows off historical aircraft and presents “a gutsy & gritty ride” through airborne combat lore about aviation pioneers and heroes from different eras in U.S. history. Visitors can ride in rare airplanes.
Whether to reflect on national pride or soak up cultural riches, Phoenix area constituents have plentiful choices in museum experiences.