Like a mirror, art reflects the beauty of the world around us, reveals who we truly are, and can contain a lot of unattended bowls of fruit. Reflect on the splendor around you with today's Groupon: for $14, you get admission for two to Heard Museum (up to a $30 value). General admission is free for American Indians and children age 5 and younger.
Heard Museum enriches guests with exhibits, festivals, and collections focused on American Indian art, cultural interpretations, and history. The museum's signature exhibit, Home: Native People in the Southwest, contains nearly 2,000 Southwestern American Indian artifacts, such as jewelry, pottery, beadwork, and Spider-Man comics, as well as a sculpture garden with regional greenery. A full-size Navajo domicile grants a peek into the traditional life of one of Arizona's many tribes and surrounds visitors with history like a hug from Aaron Burr. A range of other exhibits encapsulates Native American culture in rich visual art displays, such as Navajo Textiles: 100+ Years of Weaving. The Retha Walden Gambaro: Attitudes of Prayer showcase arrays a collection of contemplative bronze sculptures in the newly established Nichols Sculpture Garden.
Step beneath the domed, packed-mud ceiling of a traditional Navajo family dwelling. Weave a Yavapai burden basket. Explore a secluded garden filled with bronze sculptures of women in prayer. By immersing visitors in Native American artifacts and artworks, the Heard Museum's exhibits strive to illuminate the cultural legacy of Arizona’s indigenous peoples. The collections emphasize first-person accounts of Native cultures, not only through artwork, but also in interviews with Native Americans, portraits by Navajo photographers, and monthly lectures. In addition to showcasing historical artifacts, the Heard Museum exhibits contemporary American Indian artwork. Like a ballerina trapped on a carousel, exhibits rotate often, and have included collections of Native American bolo ties, Hopi pottery, and 20th-century paintings depicting Native ceremony. Passing on cultural traditions to future generations, the staff educates children with tours, and brings Native American presentations and curricula to area schools.