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 and upcoming exhibitions include Pop /Funk: Warhol and Frey, from August 25-December 29,  2018.

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 current exhibition, Monster Stories, celebrates the 200th anniversary of the novel, Frankenstein, by exploring the monster genre in popular culture, literature and mythology.

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 “Air Apparent”, one of artist James Turrell’s Skyspaces. The ASU Skyspace is located near the intersection of Rural and Terrace Roads, just northeast of the Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building 4 (ISTB4), on the university’s Tempe campus. The public can easily access this space, designed as an artistic interpretation of Native American Hohokam shade ramadas and pit houses. It is especially dramatic at sunrise and sunset. Open 24/7.


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

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AZ-Historical-Society
Arizona Heritage Center

Contemporary history introduces visitors to the dramatic development of the Valley. Interactive exhibits, guided tours and a research library are present in the location. Open Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Fri. and Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Closed on Sundays. Active military personnel and veterans receive free admission.


1300 N. College Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 929-0292

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ASU Art Museum
ASU Art Museum

Cited in “Art in America” as “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona,” the ASU Art Museum exhibits contemporary artists, both regional and national, with a focus on Latin American art. The Museum also houses the largest collection of Cuban art in the U.S. and an award-winning print collection. Exhibitions change seasonally, and admission is always free. The Museum Store is open during Museum hours. Hours: Tues.-Sat.: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; open late on Thursdays until 8 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays and university holidays. 


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 ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center is located at the Brickyard on Mill, Seventh St. and Mill Ave. in Downtown Tempe. The Ceramics Research Center has been a national and international destination point for the hands-on study and enjoyment of ceramics since its opening in March 2002. The center houses and displays the ASU Art Museum’s extensive ceramic collection of close to 4,000 objects. Exhibitions change seasonally and admission is always free. The Museum Store is open during Gallery hours. Hours: Thurs.-Sat.: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Closed Sun.-Weds. and on university holidays. By appointment during closed hours (480-965-7092).


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

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Gallery of Scientific Exploration
ASU Gallery of Scientific Exploration and Marston 3-D Theater

The Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB 4), on the ASU Tempe Campus, includes the Gallery of Scientific Exploration, outfitted with kiosk-style interactive exhibits and large-format, high-definition monitors that display video from Earth-observing satellites and robotic probes of other worlds. This first floor gallery invites visitors to explore earth and space sciences through digital media, public lectures, visible laboratories, and interactive displays. The Marston 3-D Theater is a venue for high-definition documentary movies with earth and space science themes and 3-D planetarium-style shows (although on a flat screen). The Gallery of Scientific Exploration also features the meteorite display on the second floor, drawn from the extensive collection of ASU’s Center for Meteorite Studies. Open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; Marston 3-D shows are presented on Wednesday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Check the website for details.


Arizona State University Tempe Campus
781 E. Terrace Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 965-5081

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Arts Culture Tempe
ASU Innovation Gallery

The Innovation Gallery is located on the ASU Tempe Campus in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change building. This gallery is open to the public, prototypes of  conceptual exhibits and programming by students, drawing from faculty research. It is part of the school’s Center for Archaeology and Society. Call for hours of operation.


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 & LROC Visitor Gallery

The Lunar Exploration Museum, located on the ASU Tempe Campus, includes the LROC Visitor Gallery where visitors can 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! The Lunar Exploration Museum is located on Arizona State University Tempe Campus in the Interdisciplinary A-Wing. Unguided interpretative exhibits are open to the general public from 9:30 a.m.—4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday (excluding holidays). Guided tours can be arranged in advance.


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

The Mars Space Flight Facility is where scientists and researchers are exploring the geology and mineralogy of the Red Planet. ASU-designed instruments being controlled from the building are carried on NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter and Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. A full-size model of Opportunity is on display in the lobby, which also includes a direct feed of the latest images from the Mars Odyssey orbiter, as well as a visitor area with displays about the Red Planet. Open Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.  


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. Click on the ASU Art tab on http://gis.tempe.gov/publicartmap/ for locations and details about each work.


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 the heart of Downtown Tempe, highlights local artists working in a variety of media and themes. Special emphasis is placed on work that is fun, eye catching and unusual. Artwork appears in the windows on the north and east side of the building. Exhibitions are visible from the street 24 hours a day.


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

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