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Causes: Art Museums, Arts & Culture, Natural History & Natural Science Museums

Mission: The mission of the heard museum is to educate visitors and promote greater public understanding of the arts, heritage and life ways of the indigenous peoples of the americas, with an emphasis on american indian tribes and other cultures of the southwest.

Programs: The heard museum is a private non-profit museum that pursues an educational mission of educating the public about the arts and history of american indians and other indigenous peoples of the americas with an emphasis on peoples of the southwest usa. The heard accomplishes this task by: organizing exhibits that showcase both its collection of more than 40,000 fine artworks and cultural artifacts in its permanent collection and artworks from others; holding special events that highlight one or more aspects of native art, cultures, and/or history; hosting more than 12,000 school children touring the museum each year; supporting the careers of american indian artists in the heard museum shops and books & more, a boutique bookstore and gift shop; offering indigenous ingredients within the menu of the museum's cafe and coffee cantina; and by offering programming such as lectures, book signings and presentations by experts in art, history, and cultures. Approximately 118,000 people visited the museum during the year.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Heard Museum is a beautiful, unique institution which delights visitors to our community and continues to amaze those of us who live in Arizona. The Museum reflects the diversity of the American Indians and promotes modern artistic endeavors. It educates us and reveals relationships between "peoples" and between "The People" and the earth. It tell us stories of creation and stories of survival. The Heard Museum is a cultural feast.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Mh out of town friends and guests love visiting the Heard Museum, having lunch in the couryard, finding treasures in the shop and exploring the ever-changing exhibits. It is definitely a Phoenix treasure---unique in its history and collections.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The overall beauty of the grounds and gardens of the Herad Museum is a wonderful introduction to the the beauty of the art pieces that await inside the museum. The art, jewelry, baskets, pottery and textiles of the Southwest Indians are absolutely beautiful and wonderfully displayed. It is impossible not to come away with a feeling of awe and appreciation after visiting the Heard.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

World's most interesting museum and great people to work with both staff and volunters. I have guided peoople from all over the world who rave about the tours, the museum, the shop,

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a fan of the Heard for many year and have watched it grow with the community. Today it is a world class facility with programs for everyone. I iparticularly enjoy all the festivals and educational films.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a life-long Arizona resident I have always enjoyed visiting the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. The Heard offers the local community as well as visitors from around the world insight into the culture and lifestyles of indigenous peoples. The long-term and permanent galleries feature articles from the extensive Heard collections. The changing galleries often feature traveling exhibits in addition to artifacts from the Heard collections. There is always something new to see at the Heard. I currently serve at the Heard as a member of Las Guias. We give guided tours of the Heard campus and galleries to our museum guests. Being part of the team of guides offers me ongoing educational opportunities second to none. As a member of The Heard Guild I work with hundreds of other volunteers at major events such as the annual Heard Guild Indian Fair & Market to expand and extend the Heard mission "to educate the public about the heritage and the living cultures and arts of Native peoples, with an emphasis on the peoples of the southwest." Please endorse the Heard Museum and help bring increased awareness of the excellent opportunities offered to the Museum visitors.