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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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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Tempe History Museum
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 Tues. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Sun., 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major holidays. Admission is free.


809 E. Southern Ave.
Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone: (480) 350-5100

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Arts Culture Tempe
Tempe Public Library

Tempe’s library features an inviting and colorful children’s library, family computing area, teen center, free Wi-Fi, Computer Commons, bookstore, café and art exhibits.


3500 S. Rural Rd.
Tempe, AZ 85282
Phone: (480) 350-5500

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