Current Exhibits at the Heard Museum

Known for its award-winning exhibits, the Heard Museum uses its collections and first-person voice to tell the stories of American Indian cultures while at the same time celebrates the diverse achievements of today’s artists. Experience the Heard’s 12 exhibition galleries that include both ongoing shows and changing exhibits featuring an array of artists and art forms.


Changing Exhibits

Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison

On display through January 11, 2015

The exhibition surveys the prolific career of Chippewa artist George Morrison (1919–2000), a distinctive and well-loved artist whose works bring together concepts of abstraction, landscape and spiritual reflection and draw from his physical and spiritual homelands — speaking to both American urban settings and to the solitude of Northern Minnesota.

That’s The Way I Like It!

On display through February 8, 2015

With the help of visitors like you, the Heard has selected a group of artworks -- which included the painting at left -- to create a wonderful collection of our most recent contemporary acquisitions. The donated items were given to the museum by varied collectors who recognized each artist’s ability to transform and create a work of art, and your votes have helped to curate and ...

Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art

On display through November 29, 2015

Sports have played a pivotal role in American Indian tribal communities; in fact, many contemporary sports are rooted in traditional tribal sporting games. Lacrosse and surfing have long been attributed to indigenous peoples, while other games such as cross-country running, racquetball, cross-country skiing and canoeing, although not exclusive to the Americas, evolved independently. Native athletes ...

The Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century

On display through April 3, 2016

The Heard pays homage to the birth of a child and a modern Indian nation through the art of an acclaimed family of artists. In 1914, the Chiricahua Apache people were released from their status as prisoners of war and given allotments of land in and around Fort Sill, Okla. The descendants of Sam and ...


Signature Exhibits

HOME: Native People in the Southwest

Learn about the Native peoples of the Southwest and hear them tell their stories in their own words. In addition to cultural objects, the exhibit showcases the traditions of Native peoples of the past and present and examines their definition of home. Don't miss the Navajo hogan, the Pueblo horno or the 400 katsina dolls on display!


Ongoing Exhibits

Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience

Few people realize that American Indians were forced by the federal government to attend residential boarding schools located hundreds of miles from home. This powerful exhibit immerses visitors into the story, which draws on first-person recollections, memorabilia and the writings and art of four generations of Indian school alumni.

Around the World: The Heard Museum Collection

Tour the global span of the Heard Museum’s permanent collection. This exhibit focuses on more than 75 years of collecting and preserving Native art and cultures in the Southwest and beyond. Starting with examples of work collected by museum founders Dwight and Maie Heard, and including donations by artists and collectors such as Byron Harvey and Richard Faletti, the exhibit features objects and artwork from indigenous ...

We Are! Arizona’s First People

Located in the Ullman Learning Center, this exhibit is the only gallery display in the state to include all 22 of Arizona’s federally recognized tribal communities. In their own voices, Arizona’s Native cultures explain their histories, cultures and futures. Children and kids-at-heart will love the interactive and hands-on take-home activities.

American Indian Veterans National Memorial

Service and sacrifice spanning more than three centuries are honored in the first and only known national memorial to American Indian veterans of many conflicts. The Memorial, located outside the Collector’s Room of the Heard Museum Shop, consists of several sizable sculptures by acclaimed Native artists Chiricahua Apache sculptor Allan Houser (1914-1994) and Michael Naranjo ...

Every Picture Tells a Story

Explore seven regions and see how American Indian artists reflect their environments in their artwork in this interactive gallery perfect for families. Spot the different wildlife and vegetation illustrated in the artwork, then try your hand at making a hummingbird, bandolier bag, Northwest Coast button blanket, bow guard or Inuit felt design. It's fun for everyone!

Museum Collections


Explore the museum’s collections, from how they began to how they’ve grown over eight decades. See collections in the Heard home and early floorplans for the museum.

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Online Collections


Below is a list of objects that were recently added to the Masterworks Arts and Artists Series in the Heard Museum Digital Library.  Learn more about the Digital Library →

Akimel O’odham burden basket

Akimel O’odham burden basket, 1900-1925. Saguaro rib, willow, maguey fiber, agave leaf, yucca, horsehair cord. Gift of Mrs. Gregg Scott, NA-SW-PI-B-316.

Western Apache pictorial basket

Western Apache pictorial basket, 1923. Close coiled on a three-rod willow foundation with willow, devil’s claw and tree yucca root sewing elements. Fred Harvey Fine Arts Collection at the Heard Museum, 950BA.

Appraisals


The Heard Museum does not perform appraisals; however, the Heard Museum Council, one of our volunteer organizations, holds a semi-annual Appraisal Day event where people can bring their items to be appraised for a fee. Click here to see when the next Appraisal Day will be.