Museums & Galleries

The visual arts are, pardon the pun, highly visible in Tempe. You’ll find the visual arts 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 feature Porøs at the ASU Art Museum through January 20, 2018 and Spielraum 122: Art Meets Industry at the Ceramics Research Center, October 21, 2017-February 3, 2018.

Watch for art in unexpected places, such as the Mill Avenue Post Office, Tempe Public Library, and along Tempe’s streets. Public art is sprinkled throughout the city, Tempe Town Lake, light rail and bus stops, Arizona State University and other locations waiting to be discovered by unsuspecting passersby.

In Downtown Tempe, don’t miss the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center, located on the northeast corner of Mill Avenue and Seventh Street. Watch our video to learn more about curator, Garth Johnson, and the types of exhibitions that can be seen in their gallery space.

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Tempe Public Art, Oliverio Balcells..Utility Box
City of Tempe Public Art

Tempe Public Art has cultivated a diverse collection of more than 70 pieces of public art that are incorporated throughout the City. Installations are designed to complement the natural and built environment, and strengthen Tempe’s sense of community and place. Tempe Public Art projects are incorporated throughout the City including streetscape and pathway enhancements, neighborhoods, transit facilities, public buildings, and parks.  


700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 350-5160

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Digital Arts Ranch

The Ranch is a black box performance space with a flexible infrastructure for multiple types of sensing, audio and visual playback and presentation. Features include 5.1 surround audio, multiple projection surfaces and reconfigurable audience arrangements. The Ranch also is used on a daily basis for realization of research and class work.


123 E. University Dr.
Tempe, AZ, 85287
Phone: (480) 965-9438

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Gallery 100

Gallery 100 provides students, faculty and academic professionals of the School of Art with exhibition space. Open Mon.-Thurs., noon to 5 p.m.; Fri. noon to 3 p.m.


Arizona State University Tempe Campus
951 S. Mill Ave.
Ste. 199, Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 965-8521

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Gallery at TCA - Tempe Center for the Arts
Gallery at TCA

The Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) offers visitors a warm and friendly environment for thoughtful and engaging experiences and features a variety of curated, traveling and juried exhibitions. Free admission. The Gallery is 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
Phone: (480) 350-2867

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Gallery of Design

The Gallery of Design displays work by students, faculty research and design projects and special exhibitions from notable designers. Open Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


College of Design Bldg. South
810 S. Forest Mall, Tempe, AZ 85287-1905
Phone: (480) 965-3536

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Hall of Flame in Tempe
Hall of Flame Fire Museum

National Firefighting Hall of Heroes.  Over 90 classic pieces of firefighting apparatus on display, dating from 1725 to 1960.  Fire safety exhibits, games and activities for kids.  Open Mon. – Sat., 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sun., noon – 4 p.m.


6101 E. Van Buren St.
Phoenix, AZ 85008
Phone: (602) 275-3473

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Halle Heart Children's Museum in Tempe
Halle Heart Children’s Museum

The Halle Heart Children’s Museum, part of the Greater Phoenix American Heart Association, is the only hands-on, interactive cardiovascular learning facility in the nation. The Museum educates children and adults on a variety of health-related topics including the benefits of exercise, eating healthy and the importance of not using tobacco products. These important teachings are reinforced through a series of fun, interactive exhibits and reoccurring programs which include cooking with your toddler, music and movement and more. Visit www.hhcm.org/events/month to check out our full schedule of programs!


2929 S. 48th St.
Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone: (602) 414-2800

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Hard Wood Gallery
Harry Wood Gallery

Exhibitions in all media by students completing their MFA degrees in the ASU Herberger Institute School of Art. Free and open to the public. Closed weekends and major holidays. Located in the School of Art Building on Forest and Tyler Mall, ASU Tempe Campus. Open Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


900 S. Forest Mall
Tempe, AZ 85281
Phone: (480) 965-8521

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Luhrs Gallery

Part of the Department of Archives and Special Collections, the Luhrs Gallery exhibits historic archival materials for the university community and the public. Open Mon.-Sat. during library hours.


300 E. Orange Mall
Tempe, AZ 85287
Phone: (480) 965-4925

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International Archaeology Day at Pueblo Grande Museum
Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park

Bringing people together in the heart of Phoenix for over 1000 years. Exhibits include excavated prehistoric Hohokam platform and ballcourt, replicated houses, hands-on kids gallery and theater. The museum store has authentic American Indian arts. Light rail accessible.


4619 E. Washington St.
Phoenix,AZ 85034
Phone: (602) 495-0901

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