Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Arts and culture is part of Tempe’s fabric

Whether you have a passion for arts and culture, are an occasional theater goer, or your artistic preferences are decidedly fancy or funky, you’ll find something to suit your artistic bent in Tempe. You’ll discover the arts at every turn in Tempe, from contemporary art to Broadway productions to public art installations.

Explore the Arts in Tempe

Arizona Heritage Center

Discover Arizona’s history and visit the Arizona Heritage Center! Experience exhibits, go retro with Phoenix icons like Bob’s Big Boy and Wallace and Ladmo, hang out at an old-time general store, and take look at a WWII training aircraft.

1300 N. College Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 929-0292

ASU Art Museum

The ASU Art Museum exhibits national and international contemporary artists, with a focus on Latin American art. The Museum houses the largest collection of Cuban art in the U.S. and an award-winning print collection. Exhibitions change seasonally. Admission is free.

ASU Tempe Campus
51 E. 10th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 965-2787

ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage is among the largest university-based performing arts presenters in the world. It is the home theater of the Desert Financial Broadway Across America – Arizona and the Beyond series. This historic 3,000 seat hall was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

ASU Tempe Campus
1200 S. Forest Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 965-3434

ASU Innovation Gallery

Located on the ASU Tempe campus in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change building, the Innovation Gallery is a public space in which students prototype conceptual exhibits and programming, drawing from faculty research.

School of Human Evolution & Social Change Bldg.
900 S. Cady Mall
Tempe, AZ 85287

(480) 965-6215

Carnival of Illusion

You will laugh, have fun and celebrate a magical night out at the Carnival of Illusion. This top-rated show is revitalizing magic by blending an “Around the World in 80 Minutes” travel theme with all the charms of a Vaudeville-inspired roadshow.

Tempe Center for the Arts
700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 359-7469

Childsplay Theatre

Childsplay is Arizona’s award-winning, professional theatre company for young audiences and families. From adaptations of popular children’s books to brand new stories, the 42-year-old theatre company performs September through May at the Herberger Theater Center and in schools throughout Arizona.

Herberger Theater Center
222 E. Monroe St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

(602) 252-8497 (box office)

City of Tempe Public Art

Tempe’s diverse collection of permanent and temporary public art complements the natural and built environment through innovative place-making, installations, and infrastructure enhancements. Tempe Public Art promotes artistic expression, bringing people together to strengthen Tempe’s sense of community and place.  

Desert Botanical Garden

Discover the tranquil vibrancy of 50,000 desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes at Desert Botanical Garden. An Arizona icon celebrating 80 years, the Garden has grown into a compelling attraction and desert conservation pioneer.

1201 N. Galvin Pkwy.
Phoenix, AZ 85008

(480) 941-1225

Gallery at TCA

The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) offers engaging experiences with curated, traveling and juried exhibitions. Free admission. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tues. and Weds., 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Thurs. and Fri. and 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. on Sat.

700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ, 85281

(480) 350-2867

Harry Wood Gallery

Exhibitions in all media by Master of Fine Arts students. Free and open to the public. Closed weekends and major holidays. Located in the School of Art Building, ASU Tempe Campus. Open Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

ASU Tempe Campus
900 S. Forest Mall
Tempe, AZ 85281

(480) 965-8521

Heard Museum

The Heard Museum is recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, exhibitions, educational programming and festivals. The Heard presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, and offers exhibitions that showcase traditional and contemporary art.

2301 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

(602) 252-8840

Scottsdale Musical Theater Company

Scottsdale Musical Theater Company prides itself on presenting affordable large-scale productions of Broadway musicals in their original versions. Shows feature well-known guest stars from TV, film and Broadway, professional sets and costumes, great local talent and a 20+ piece orchestra.

700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281

(602) 909-4215

Tempe History Museum

The museum explores Tempe history through collections, research services, exhibits and programs that captivate and connect with audiences throughout the community and beyond. Open Tuesday – Sunday. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free. Photo credit Bill Timmerman.

809 E. Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282

(480) 350-5100

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