Phoenix Art Museum has become a popular Valley oasis, a retreat from the desert and the traditional outdoor activities. The Museum is always 72° with 50% humidity, which not only protects the art from environmental damage but also makes the Museum the perfect attraction for the entire family all year long. And, with the completion of a stunning $50 million expansion, it is a "must see.”
With popular and unique exhibitions of the world’s best art, casual and fun events and activities, Movies at the Museum, Music at the Museum, great shopping and dining, and many comfortable architectural niches where one can just relax and rejuvenate, Phoenix Art Museum truly means cool art, in a cool place. Who needs the mall? Make Phoenix Art Museum your personal desert paradise.
Imagine spending an afternoon with Monet, Picasso, Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keeffe, then shopping in The Museum Store for that perfect gift, and topping it off with lunch or a pastry in Art Museum Cafe. There’s fun for the whole family in the interactive ArtWorks Gallery, and imaginations run wild in the historic interiors of the Thorne miniature rooms. With a collection of over 17,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, modern and contemporary, and Western American art, there’s something for every taste at Phoenix Art Museum. You can even match your fashion sense with that of the great designers in the Museum’s fashion design gallery, featuring today’s hip styles and those spanning the past four centuries from the Museum’s collection. And, Phoenix Art Museum’s stunning exhibitions bring masterpieces from around the globe to your own backyard.
Phoenix Art Museum opened in 1959. Its founding and development into the leading art museum in the American Southwest reflects the constant commitment from the community and mirrors the growth of Phoenix from a small desert town to the sixth largest city in the United States. Now, the classically progressive look of its 160,000-square-foot building is a work of art in itself. Designed by New York architects Tod Williams/Billie Tsien & Associates in the mid-1990s, it integrates art and architecture with the southwestern landscape and provides sweeping interior spaces.
Phoenix Art Museum is proud to greet visitors from all corners of the community and the world, and from all walks of life. It is a place with something for everyone, where all are welcome, a place to experience the world’s greatest art, a place where imaginations and spirits soar.
Museum purchase with funds provided by the Asian Arts Council in honor of G. Miriam E. Kinner, 1989.79.4
Phoenix Art Museum Permanent Collection
Reclining Buddha, Sri Lanka, 18th century, wood, plaster and pigments, Gift of Barry Fernando, MD and Coleene Fernando, MD, 2007.2
Phoenix Art Musuem Permanent Collection