For more than five decades, the Phoenix Art Museum has strived to offer one of the most comprehensive collections of traditional art, photography, sculpture, and other pieces of art. What started as a small collection and gallery has grown to span more than 285,000 square-feet of exhibit space, interactive galleries, meeting and event space, and landscaped gardens. As the largest art museum in the Southwest United States, the museum has attracted millions to its more than 400 exhibits and showcases from around the world. If this museum is on your list, pick hotels near the Phoenix Art Museum and having to travel far to see the magnificent art.
Popular Exhibits at the Phoenix Art Museum
Although exhibits will vary throughout the year, there are also a number of permanent offerings that are sure to amaze.
If you’re visiting with family, the PhxArtKids gallery helps encourage young minds to explore creativity and appreciate art. On select days, hands-on activities, guided tours, and other events are available for all ages.
In conjunction with the Center for Creative Photography, the Norton Gallery at Phoenix Art Museum rotates collections from world-renowned artists like Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, and Edward Weston.
The Dorrance Sculpture Garden offers a beautiful combination of nature and art for you to stroll through and enjoy. From landscaped gardens and paths to experiments in form, light and shadow, there is sure to be a piece that will capture your attention.
More than Art–The Palette Restaurant and Museum Store at Phoenix Art Museum
Whether you’re basking in the warm sun on the garden patio or talking with friends in the elegant dining room, Palette offers exceptional local, seasonal fare with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and the bounty of Arizona. From wine and cheese platters to a latte and fresh baked cookies, there is plenty for both kids and adults to enjoy and indulge in.
The Museum Store offers a chance to pick up a little something with which to remember your visit or perhaps a gift for friends and family back home. With nearly 2,000 square feet of space, there is plenty to browse through to find the perfect item. From art prints and books to locally produced crafts and educational toys for children, there is sure to be something to please.
Getting to the Phoenix Art Museum
Located on North Central Avenue in Downtown Phoenix, the museum is easy to reach from any part of the city. Many hotels near the Phoenix Art Museum are within walking distance or offer complimentary shuttles throughout the day as well.
If you’d prefer public transit, McDowell Road and Central Ave bus stop places you directly across the street. McDowell/Central Ave Light Rail Station is just steps away as well. Planning to drive? The museum is conveniently located one block off Interstate 10.
Attractions Near the Phoenix Art Museum
The Phoenix Art Museum is located minutes from a number of other popular Arizona museums to provide additional opportunities to enjoy your visit to the Valley of the Sun. Heard Museum is a short walk north, featuring a wealth of Native American art and historical artifacts. Arizona Science Center and the Children’s Museum of Phoenix are less than 10 minutes south for additional family-friendly options near hotels near the Phoenix Art Museum.