5 Cultural Institutions That Are Open in Phoenix

After months of being cooped up and confined to our own spaces, it’s time to reconnect with the arts-and-culture opportunities our communities afford — safely and securely, of course. Face coverings may be required and capacities may be limited, but the core of the experiences remain: in other words, prepare to be inspired.

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1. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

Exploring the iconic architect’s beloved winter retreat is an invitation to experience the Sonoran Desert through Wright’s eyes. Taliesin West reopens to the public on October 15, offering its beloved Insights Tours — both during the day and into the evenings — as well as a new self-guided audio tour that allows you to experience Wright’s work and vision at your own pace.



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2. Heard Museum

Known for its award-winning exhibitions, the Heard Museum uses its collections and first-person voice to tell the stories of American Indian cultures while also celebrating the work of current artists. Since its reopening to the public, capacity has been reduced — therefore, it’s advised to pre-purchase your tickets online in advance of your visit.

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3. Phoenix Art Museum

From thought-provoking art by artists of our time to historic relics that preserve our past, the Phoenix Art Museum offers a collection some 20,000-pieces strong. Reopening to the public on October 14, the museum will continue its mission to make this work accessible to the community, while limiting capacity and enforcing social distancing norms.

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4. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA)

Situated on a sprawling park in the heart of downtown, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is home to some of the world’s best modern & contemporary art, architecture, and design. With everything from conceptual art to interactive pieces, there’s always something new to see. Reopening to the public on October 3, the museum will require timed tickets to enter.

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5. Musical Instrument Museum

With more than 8,000 instruments from 200 countries, the Musical Instrument Museum is a unique place for music lovers of all ages to discover both the diversity and commonalities that exist in our world’s cultures. Since reopening, the museum has implemented a social distancing experience and encourages visitors to prepurchase tickets.

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New: Explore Taliesin West at your own pace.

Experience Taliesin West safely with our new self-guided audio tour which allows visitors an interactive and self-guided experience that can be easily and directly accessed through their personal smartphone devices.