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 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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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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