Take time to visit some of Scottsdale’s most popular museums.
Scottsdale’s popular museums
Scottsdale has an active art and museum community. With a wide variety of museums available, there is something that everyone can enjoy. Take a moment to explore four of Scottsdale’s most popular museums to see what they have to offer.
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)
MIM is home to a collection of 15,000 instruments, with about 5,000 on display. MIM has three galleries downstairs; the Target Gallery which features traveling exhibits, the Experience Gallery which allows guests to actually play some of the instruments and the Artists Gallery which highlights instruments from different famous artists and performers. Upstairs are the five main galleries that are broken up by continents and then arranged by country.
When guests arrive they are given headsets, which sync up to audio and televisions in each exhibit. As guest approach the audio automatically starts playing through the headphones, guests are able to not only see the instruments by also how they are played and what they sound like.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA)
SMoCA features pieces from contemporary artists who use a number of different mediums including (but not limited to) sculpture, photography, video, audio and painting. There are three different galleries in the museum that have different exhibits rotate through, as well as their Lit Lounge which hosts events such as performances and artist talks.
SMoCA also welcomes the public for free with their “Free Art Thursday”. Visitors have a chance to view the three galleries and occasionally sit in on talks in the Lit Lounge for free on Thursdays between 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Heard Museum North
The Heard Museum North has been in its Scottsdale location for 7 years, and offers two galleries, one features their permeant collection while the other houses traveling exhibits. They also have a series of sculptures outside in the garden. The museum features cultural art from Native Americans. Many exhibits begin at the Heard Museum North and then travel to the larger Heard Museum in downtown Phoenix, but some of the exhibits remain exclusive to the North Scottsdale location.
Scottsdale Historical Museum
The Scottsdale Historical Museum is located in the heart of Old Town in the Scottsdale Civic Center Park. The museum is housed inside the Scottsdale Grammar School which was build in 1909. The building was preserved by the Scottsdale Historical Society and eventually in July 1991 it became the museum. There are four permeant exhibits and one exhibit that changes through out the year. Visitors can discover the history of Scottsdale and learn about its founding. Admission to the museum is free.