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  • Heard Museum
    Step beneath the domed, packed-mud ceiling of a traditional Navajo family dwelling. Weave a Yavapi 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.
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    2301 North Central Avenue
    Phoenix, AZ US
  • Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum
    If you listen carefully on the grounds of Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum, the air holds whispers from the past that come to life through the mouths of costumed interpreters from the late 19th century. The 90-acre town is rife with both authentic buildings and accurate reproductions that host guest adventurers and Western-style dramas several times a week. Visitors mosey through a blacksmith shop and an 1890s-era dress shop. There's even a sheriff's office complete with jail for old-timey scofflaws who committed crimes of the day, like horse theft or saloon theft. Fixtures of Arizona history feature throughout the village, from a cabin that survived the state's bloodiest range war to the opera house where famed chanteuse Lilly Langtry sang. Regular events in the village include sheriff and bandit shows, Civil War reenactments, and gun fight reenactments that replicate historic "BANG" signs popping out from the muzzle of a rifle.
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    3901 W Pioneer Rd.
    Phoenix, AZ US
  • Phoenix Art Museum
    More than 17,000 pieces from the Americas, Europe, and Asia have landed here—one of the largest art museums in the Southwest. Besides paintings and photographs, the collection includes thousands of historical and contemporary garments by world-famous fashion designers. For kids ages 6 to 10, the museum even provides "KidPacks"—backpacks full of activity cards and puzzles.
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    1625 N Central Ave
    Phoenix, AZ US
  • Hall of Flame
    The Hall of Flame Fire Museum showcases the history of firefighting with nearly an acre's worth of exhibits and restored pieces of firefighting equipment that date as far back as 1725. Visitors can check out a Rhode Island fire engine from 1844 that was capable of pumping 250 gallons of water per minute to put out fires or 250 gallons of sarsaparilla per minute to fuel citywide block parties. The Hall's 400 fire helmet collection presents 400 protective headpieces from around the world, and in the museum's sixth gallery, the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes honors firefighters who were decorated for heroism and those who have died in the line of duty.
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    6101 E Van Buren St
    Phoenix, AZ US
  • Arizona Pop Culture Experience
    When Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, reports The Arizona Republic, it sparked John Edwards' passion for Star Trek. He began amassing action figures and memorabilia into a collection that has since mushroomed into the more than 13,000 toys, comic books, and posters that put the experience into the Arizona Pop Culture Experience. According to the Phoenix New Times, the nonprofit museum is divided into rooms based on heroes and stories, such as the DC room and the Marvel room. Hundreds of action figures, custom-made for John, have earned the museum top honors in the _ Phoenix New Times’_ 2010 “Best Places to See Action Figures”, and the only spot on The Action Figure Makers’ Guild Magazine’s list, “Where are All my Action Figures?” The rest of the space covers the last 50 to 60 years of popular culture, from Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and the music of The Doors to current crazes such as Twilight and Harry Potter, the saga of a wizard who relinquishes his wand to make earthenware. The museum also doubles as a comic book store where new issues hit the shelves every week.
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    4550-176 E. Cactus Rd.
    Phoenix, AZ US
  • Bragg's Factory Diner
    It had been a long time since a pie was seen inside the building that once housed Bragg's Pie Factory. That is, until Bragg’s Factory Diner took up residence within the edifice listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and its chefs decided to revive the factory’s legacy by whipping up classic comfort food—using only vegetarian and vegan recipes. Pie lovers can now relive the heyday of the city's pastries with fresh, inventive desserts such as pear-mulberry cream tarts, plum tarts with a gingersnap crust, and rosemary-apple pies with crust cutouts shaped like cacti. In addition to the diner's decadent desserts, the chefs serve up hearty yet healthy breakfast and lunch dishes. Their unique recipes put a modern spin on classic dishes, infusing waffles with a coconut-curry flavor, adding sweet corn to biscuits drizzled in poblano gravy, and remaking the reuben sandwich with portobello mushrooms. The chefs close up shop at 2 p.m., making the mint-colored, mod-meets-country-home diner the perfect spot for a lunch date or fitting in some practice before your evening pie-eating contest.
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    1301 Grand Ave.
    Phoenix, AZ US

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