The Heard Museum is a private, non-profit organization that was founded by Dwight B. and Maie Bartlett Heard, a prominent Phoenix couple. The Heards opened the museum in 1929 in order to share their exemplary collection of American Indian artifacts and art.
A museum of Native cultures and art, the Heard Museum is world famous for its extensive collections of American Indian cultural art and fine art, unique exhibits, special events and innovative programming. The Heard Museum is 130,000 square feet and includes 10 exhibition galleries, an education center, an auditorium, two meeting rooms, a library and archives, administrative offices, a shop, a cafe, collections storage and more.
The Heard Museum is known throughout the world for its extensive research library and archives as well as for its comprehensive collections of photographs and slides, accessible to researchers and the general public. Approximately 60 percent of visitors to the Heard Museum live in states other than Arizona, and about 8 percent are international. Annually, more than 180,000 people visit the museum and almost 40,000 people attend special events.
The exhibit galleries offer opportunities to present in-depth exhibitions that draw on the Heard Museum’s collections. There is a grass amphitheater and five courtyards that provide beautiful spaces for special events. The shop is known for offering the finest quality of handmade authentic Native art. The Berlin Gallery is a fine art retail gallery that opened in 2006.
Steele Auditorium offers flexible space for music and dance performances, lectures, private dinners and special events. The tiered, retractable plush theater seating can accommodate 400 people, or can be stored for dinner events seating 350.
Dorrance Education Center includes three classrooms, providing ideal spaces for school tour orientations, specialized tours and workshops. Nearly 400 schools in 20 states use the Heard as a source of curriculum material about American Indian heritage. Nearly10,000 Arizona school children visit annually.
There are plenty of meeting spaces, including the Monte Vista Room, Steele Auditorium, Encanto Room and several conference rooms. These are available for private use events. The Café at Heard Museum offers daily food service to visitors with indoor and outdoor seating in the museum’s primary courtyard.
In addition to its main Phoenix campus, the Heard Museum has a smaller location in Scottsdale that serves as a community center.
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