Museums & Galleries

The visual arts are, pardon the pun, highly visible in Tempe. You’ll find art exhibited at every turn from prehistoric drawings on “A” Mountain left by Tempe’s earliest dwellers to the contemporary art by major national and international artists at the ASU Art Museum and Ceramics Research Center.

You can spend hours browsing the ASU Art Museum known for its  innovative and  thought provoking programs. Rotating exhibitions showcase contemporary art, new media, ceramics and other crafts, prints and sculpture. Current exhibitions include “Metzilocan: Claudia Peña Salinas,” on display through August 2 and “Clayblazers: Women Artists of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s,” through August 10, 2019.

In Downtown Tempe, don’t miss the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, located on the northeast corner of Mill Avenue and Seventh Street. Most of it’s impressive collection is always on display.  Additionally, every year, the Ceramics Research Center features three to five exhibitions highlighting important movements and artists who have made significant contributions in the ceramics field.

You can experience art within art at the Gallery at TCA located in the beautiful Tempe Center for the Arts, an architectural gem overlooking Tempe Town Lake. The summer exhibition, “WATER: Life * Art * Science,” May 24-August 31, 2019, explores water as seen and interpreted through the eyes of artists.

Watch for art in unexpected places, such as the Mill Avenue Post Office windows, Tempe Public Library, and along Tempe’s streets. Public art is sprinkled liberally throughout the city, Tempe Town Lake, light rail and bus stops, Arizona State University and other locations waiting to be discovered by unsuspecting passersby.  One of the newest additions to downtown is “She Tempe,” a public art project that was commissioned by the Downtown Tempe Authority. Eight local female artists created custom works of art that are installed on news racks along Mill Avenue. Each news rack has a map so you can take a self-guided tour of these unique, colorful works of art.

 

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Art-Apparent
“Air Apparent”, a Skyspace designed by James Turrell

Arizona State University is home to artist James Turrell’s “Air Apparent.” Located near the intersection of Rural and Terrace Road, this artistic interpretation of Native American Hohokam shade ramadas and pit houses is especially dramatic at sunrise and sunset.


Rural and Terrace Rds.
Tempe, AZ 85287
Phone: (480) 965-2100

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Arizona Heritage Center museum in Tempe, AZ
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
Phone: (480) 929-0292

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ASU Art Museum
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.


51 E. 10th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 965-2787

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ASU Ceramics Research Center and Brickyard Gallery
ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center

The Ceramics Research Center houses and displays the ASU Art Museum’s extensive ceramic collection of close to 4,000 objects. Exhibitions change seasonally and admission is free. The Museum Store is open during Gallery hours.


Downtown Tempe
699 S. Mill Ave.
Ste. 108, Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 727-8170

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Gallery of Scientific Exploration ASU Tempe Campus
ASU Gallery of Scientific Exploration

The ASU Gallery of Scientific Exploration invites visitors to explore earth and space sciences through digital media, public lectures, visible laboratories, interactive displays, Marston 3-D Theater shows and the meteorite display on the second floor. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.


Arizona State University Tempe Campus
Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB 4)
781 E. Terrace Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 965-5081

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Arts Culture Tempe
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.


Arizona State University Tempe Campus
School of Human Evolution and Social Change Building
900 S. Cady Mall, Tempe, AZ 85287
Phone: (480) 965-6215

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ASU Lunar Exploration Museum
ASU Lunar Exploration Museum & NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Operations Center (LROC) Visitor Gallery

The Lunar Exploration Museum includes the LROC Visitor Gallery where visitors discover the excitement of exploration, learn about America’s  incredible space program, watch dedicated scientists charting the amazing lunar frontier, explore the Moon, and see a real Moon rock!


Arizona State University Tempe Campus
Interdisciplinary A Building
1100 S. Cady Mall, Tempe, AZ 85287 Visit Website
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ASU Mars Space Flight Facility
ASU Mars Space Flight Facility

At ASU’s Mars Space Flight Facility, scientists and researchers are using instruments on spacecraft on Mars to explore the geology and mineralogy of the Red Planet. A full-size Mars Rover model is on display in the building’s lobby.


Arizona State University Tempe Campus
Moeur Building
201 E. Orange Mall, Tempe, AZ 85287
Phone: (480) 965-1790

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Arts Culture Tempe
ASU Public Art

Public art at ASU reflects the rich historical traditions of ASU and Arizona, as well as contemporary artists. Nearly 20 public artworks including Depression-era murals and contemporary sculpture can be found on the 720-acre ASU Tempe Campus.


Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
Tempe, AZ 85287-2102
Phone: (480) 965-6536

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Arts Culture Tempe
City of Tempe Galleries – United States Post Office windows

This space, located in Downtown Tempe, highlights local artists working in a variety of media. The   exhibitions are fun, eye-catching and unusual and displayed in the windows on the north and east side of the building.


500 S. Mill Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 350-2867

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