(Scottsdale, Arizona - AZ, USA)
Scottsdale boasts a large number of world-class museums, including a branch of the famous Heard Museum, together with a series of smaller cultural attractions detailing local history.
Near to Scottsdale, and within the greater Phoenix
metropolitan area, you will find a seemingly endless array of museums designed to suit all ages and interests. Families holidaying in this part of Arizona will certainly enjoy spending time at the Arizona Science Center, where regular themed interactive exhibitions are staged within the onsite Sybil B. Harrington Galleries.
Arizona Science Center
Address: 600 East Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona AZ 85004, USA
Tel: +1 602 716 2000
A great place for the whole family, Arizona Science Centre offers visitors over 300 hands-on exhibits as well as frequently rotating and visiting exhibits that allow visitors to explore aspects of science and technology. Permanent features include the 'All About You' exhibit, which takes you on a journey of human life, and the 'Exploring Your Mind' exhibit, which explores everything from speech patterns to addiction.
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors and children, children under three and members free
Heard Museum North
Address: 34505 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, Arizona AZ, 85004, USA
Tel: +1 480 488 9817
If you are looking to learn more about the region's native cultures and arts, the Heard Museum is an excellent place to start. Offering visitors educational an educational experience, the exhibits spread across 130,000 square feet. The collections at the Heard Museum North are fascinating, while the museum shop and bookstore, as well as the library and archives provide additional activities.
Open hours: daily - 09:30 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors, students and children, children under six, members and Native Americans free
Mesa Southwest Museum
Address: 53 North MacDonald Street, Mesa, Arizona AZ, 85201, USA
Tel: +1 480 644 2230
Primarily exploring culture and natural history, the Mesa Southwest Museum covers the Southwest's history from prehistoric times to the present day, with the largest collection of dinosaur fossils in Arizona. Having opened in 1977, the museum has slowly expanded and now encompasses 80,000 square feet. With a focus on education and research, the museum makes a great place for a day out with the family.
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday - 13:00 to 17:00
Admission: charge, discounts available for seniors, students and children, children under two free
House of Broadcasting
Address: 7150 East 5th Avenue, Scottsdale, Arizona AZ, 85251, USA
Tel: +1 602 944 1997
The House of Broadcasting is home to displays depicting Arizona's radio and TV legends, dating back to the very beginnings of the industry.
Open hours: daily - 10:00 to 18:00
Scottsdale Historical Museum
Address: 7333 East Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, Arizona AZ, USA
Tel: +1 480 945 4499
Housed in the city's first schoolhouse, this museum details the local history through a number of different displays, along with a recreated period classroom. Permanent exhibits include a period schoolroom display, depicting how a small school would have appeared in the 19th century and showing how children of that time were punished if they fell asleep during a lesson. Other highlights include a statue of Winfield Scott (regarded by many as the city's founder), stained-glass windows, an important chandelier, a recreation of a Victorian parlor and a gift shop selling various children's books.
Open hours: Wednesday to Saturday - 10:00 to 17:00, Sunday - noon to 16:00, seasonal variations apply
Sylvia Plotkin Judaica Museum
Address: 10460 North 56th Street, Scottsdale, Arizona AZ, 85253-1133, USA
Tel: +1 480 951 0323
A celebration of Jewish culture, this art-based museum allows visitors a chance to explore the heritage, arts and costume of the Jewish faith. The museum has received positive attention from both national and international critics concerning its permanent collection of exhibits.
Open hours: Tuesday to Thursday - 10:00 to 15:00