Many of Phoenix’s museums offers free admission on specific days each month. Great info for visitors and locals alike, the following arts and culture offerings are the perfect places to explore what our beautiful city has to offer. And for more places to visit, check out our list of best places to explore the arts in Phoenix.
Arizona Capitol Museum
700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007
Here visitors can enjoy free historical and educational exhibits that are housed in the Capitol Building. The exhibits rotate and visitors can learn about cultural, political and social history throughout the museum. Visit azlibrary.gov/azcm for hours and more details.
ASU Art Museum
51 E. 10th St., Tempe, Arizona 85281
The art museum at Arizona State University is always free to visit and houses a variety of modern art exhibits from contemporary artists across a multitude of mediums. The museum also hosts educational activities and events for all ages and supports a multitude of research initiatives in collaboration with ASU. For hours and event information, visit asuartmuseum.asu.edu.
Children’s Museum of Phoenix
215 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ 85034
The first Friday of every month from 5pm-9pm, the Children’s Museum of Phoenix offers free admission. Kids up to age 10 can enjoy a ton of hands-on exhibits that help them discover their creativity. Voted one of the top 10 Children’s Museums in the nation by USA Today Reader’s Choice, the museum is full of fun things to explore. Visit childrensmuseumofphoenix.org for hours of operation and more details.
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix, AZ 85008
Discover the beauty of the desert at the Desert Botanical Gardens. Spread over 140 acres and showcasing more than 50,000 plants, the garden is a perfect way to explore outdoor life in Phoenix. The Garden is committed to education, research and conservation of desert plants all of the world including those native to the Sonoran Desert. And you can enjoy all of this for free all day the second Tuesday of each month. Visit dbg.org for hours and special exhibit information.
2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004
The Heard Museum has been recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, world-class exhibitions, educational programming and its unmatched festivals. The museum features art and stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective and showcases the beauty and vitality of traditional and contemporary art, which you can check out for free every first Friday of the month (exept March) from 6-10pm and the fourth Sunday of the month (June-September) from 11am-5pm. Visit heard.org for more details.
Penske Racing Museum
7125 E. Chauncey Ln., Phoenix, AZ 85054
A perfect spot for car lovers to explore, the Penske Racing Museum showcases more than a dozen Penske team race cars, medals and memorabilia. Open to the public and always free of charge, the museum also chronicles the sport of racing for visitors to learn more about the history of racing. You can also enjoy breakfast or lunch at the Turn 4 Cafe that is located on the second floor of the museum and open Monday-Friday from 10am-2:30pm. To learn more and to view museum hours, visit www.PenskeRacingMuseum.com.
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004
Considered the largest art museum in the southwestern United States, the museum is home to a collection of more than 20,000 objects and aims to ignite imaginations and serve as a vibrant destination for all people who wish to experience the power of art. You can explore all that the museum has to offer each Wednesday from 3-7pm and the first Friday of each month from 3-7pm. Visit phxart.org for exhibit details.
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