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Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona



The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona was established in 1929.

Its permanent collection includes over 41,000 objects which are primarily American Indian historical and cultural artifacts and works of fine art representing the 20th and 21st centuries.


The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona was established in 1929 by Dwight and Maie Bartlett Heard to house their personal collection of Native American art and cultural objects.

Over the decades the Museum underwent several renovations and expansions, culminating in twelve exhibition spaces by the year 2007.


According to their website, the Museum's mission is:

"to educate people about the arts, heritage and life ways of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, with an emphasis on American Indian tribes of the Southwest."


Heard Museum is located half a mile from the Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.

Please refer to the Museum's website for specific directions.

Museum's Conservation Department:

The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona maintains a permanent collection, so it requires the services of art conservators, who are trained to research, restore, and conserve the works of art for future generations.

To learn more about the highly specialized field of art conservation, read interviews with art conservators.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona's collection includes approximately 41,000 objects which provide an overview of the rich artistic and cultural history of the American Indian peoples. Cultural objects such as Hopi katsina dolls, Navajo and Zuni jewelry, Southwestern ceramics and weavings, Great Plains beadwork and quillwork, and Native baskets are on display.

The collection of 4,000 works of fine art (from the 20th and 21st centuries) includes work by Native American artists such as Fred Kabotie, Harrison Begay, Fritz Scholder, George Morrison, Allan Houser, Kay WalkingStick, and Bob Haozous.

The Museum continues to exhibit and support the work of living Native American artists.


Noteworthy Facts

The Heard Museum Digital Library contains digital images and information about all the works in the collection.

Employment Information:

The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona does not post employment opportunities on its website. However, it advertises volunteer positions which may become available in the various museum departments such as administrative, educational, conservation, curatorial, marketing, sales, security, and visitor services.

How to Apply for a Job:

The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona does not post jobs on its website when positions become available. If interested in working at the Museum, contact them first to inquire about a job.

To learn more about how to successfully apply for a job, and to find out how to develop your job application and interview techniques, please go to Job Search at About.com.

Museum's Contact Info:

Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona. Tel: 602-252-8848

Heard Museum's website: www.heard.org

Museum Hours:

  • Monday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Tuesday  9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Friday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • closed December 25

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