MUSEUMS

The following museums are arranged based on their distance from Anasazi Village from closest to furthest.  Distances are “direct line” distances and not travel distances by car since your route may vary by the time of day and the app you use to guide you to the location.  If you plan to go to any of these places, please check their websites first for additional information.

Arizona Challenger Space Center – 3.8 miles from Anasazi Village
17835 N 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032
Time: Not open yet.
Admission: Free?

The Challenger Space Center of AZ is affiliated with Challenger National, an organization that was created by the surviving families of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster.  The vision of that organization was to create a living tribute to those brave pioneers and visionaries by encouraging students to learn about the wonders of our universe and the world in which we live. The goal to inspire, excite and educate people of all ages and it is worth a visit since it is right in our backyard!

Musical Instrument Museum – 4.5 miles from Anasazi Village
4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050
Time: Daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Christmas 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thanksgiving closed
Admission: $10-$20 depending on age of children.Special exhibits are more.

Explore a world of music!  This is one of the top 20 museums in the US and the world’s only global instrument museum.  See and hear instruments from around the world expressing the authentic music from various cultures, both historical and modern.  Check their website for the latest events and concerts.

Penske Racing Museum – 5.4 miles from Anasazi Village
7191 E Chauncey Lane, Phoenix, AZ 85054
Time: Mon - Sat 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sun 12 – 5 p.m.
Admission: Free.

The Penske Racing Museum Showcases an amazing collection of cars, trophies and racing memorabilia chronicling the career of one of the most successful dynasties in all of sports.  On display in the museum are cars detailing the diversity of Penske Racing including a replica of the 1963 Pontiac Catalina which Roger Penske drove to victory in the 1963 Riverside 250.  Additionally, a number of Indianapolis 500-mile race winners are on display including the 2009 Dallara Honda which Helio Castroneves drove to win the 2009 Indy 500.

Udinotti Museum – 5.6 miles from Anasazi Village
6505 E McDonald Dr, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Time: By appointment only.  Call 480-946-7056.
Admission: Donations accepted.

The Udinotti Museum of Figurative Art is dedicated to the study of the symbolic treatment of the human form throughout the ages.  Special emphasis is focused on the period from 1500 B.C. to the present.  The primary goal of the Museum is to educate the public about the historic evolution and importance of figurative art.  Currently, the Museum's permanent collection is composed of more than 100 rare figurative pieces of art.  For more info, click on the “About” section of the museum's website.

David and Gladys Wright House – 6.5 miles from Anasazi Village
4505 N Rubicon Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Time: Temporarily closed.  See virtual tour on their website.
Admission: Unknown pending reopening.

The David and Gladys Wright House is a Frank Lloyd Wright residence built in 1952.  This 2,500-square-foot concrete house was designed and built for the architect's son David and his wife, Gladys, and is situated among orange groves on a site facing north toward Camelback Mountain.  The house has a spiral design to cool the house by capturing the wind. It features a long curved entry ramp that anticipates the design of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Scottsdale Museum of the West – 7.8 miles from Anasazi Village
3830 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Time: Mon closed, Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thurs 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $0-$15.

Scottsdale’s Museum of the West celebrates the West and its importance by informing, educating, inspiring, and engaging museum guests.  It offers high-quality exhibitions, educational programs, and community outreach addressing regional history, particularly as reflected by the arts and the dynamic cultural exchanges that have marked the transition of the Old West into the New West.

Heard Museum – 9.6 miles from Anasazi Village
2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Time: Mon - Sat 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: $0 6 – 10 p.m. first Fri of month except March, $0-$18 other times.

The Heard Museum is the world’s preeminent museum for the presentation, interpretation and advancement of American Indian art, emphasizing its intersection with broader artistic and cultural themes.  It presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, as well as exhibitions that showcase the beauty and vitality of traditional and contemporary art.  It sets the standard for collaborating with American Indian artists and tribal communities to provide visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art of Native people, especially those from the Southwest.

Phoenix Art Museum – 10.0 miles from Anasazi Village
1625 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Time: Mon closed, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Wed 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun 12 – 5 p.m.
Admission: $0-$23 depending on date and exhibits.

Phoenix Art Museum has provided access to visual arts and educational programs in Arizona for nearly 60 years and is the largest art museum in the Southwestern United States.  The permanent collection galleries are drawn from more than 19,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design.  Visitors also enjoy tours, lectures, films, and special events.

Last updated: August 19, 2019

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