History Exhibits

Las Favoritas de Frida: Selections from the Heard Collection

What would Frida Kahlo wear? What kinds of folk art would she surround herself with? To answer those questions, the Heard went to the Phoenix Fridas. This collective of nine artists founded a decade ago draw inspiration by Frida Kahlo’s life, work and attitude toward life. The Fridas worked with the Heard to select items from the ...

Group portrait at Isleta, N.D. Charles Lummis, photographer. Courtesy of the Autry National Center/Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, P_8405

Time Exposures: Picturing a History of Isleta Pueblo in the 19th Century

In this exhibit, the people of Isleta Pueblo in New Mexico tell their own story — their history and the lasting effects of 19th century changes on their lives today. Using many historic photographs and a variety of media, the story unfolds in three parts: First, the people describe the cycle of the traditional year as ...

Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art

Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art

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 American Indian Veterans National Memorial at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona

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 ...

Nampeyo family timeline in the exhibit “Elegance from Earth: Hopi Pottery.”

Elegance from Earth: Hopi Pottery

This exhibit featured families of Hopi potters, who often learn pottery techniques from elders and share designs. These superlative artists truly create elegance from earth. Potters with artworks on display in the exhibit include Nampeyo, Helen Naha and Joy Navasie, among others.

White Swan (Crow), c. 1850-c. 1917, Painting, 1890. Gift of Mrs. John W. Kieckhefer.

Stories Outside the Lines: American Indian Ledger Art

The Heard journeys beyond the Southwest in this exhibit, which has been expanded from its original showing at the Heard Museum North Scottsdale. Ledger book drawing began in the late 19th century when several tribes of the Great Plains were relocated by the U.S. government. Many of their cultures had traditions of recording events on ...

Gallery view of “HOME: Native People in the Southwest.“

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!

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 are examples of objects that are in the Masterworks Arts and Artists Series in the Heard Museum Digital Library.  Learn more about the Digital Library →

Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw), “New Mexico Sunset” 1978. Heard Museum Purchase, IAC2390.

Linda Lomahaftewa (Hopi/Choctaw) “New Mexico Sunset” 1978. Heard Museum Purchase, IAC2390.

Annie Antone (Tohono O’odham), polychrome olla, 2001. Heard Museum Purchase from the artist at the 2001 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market, 4106-1.

Annie Antone (Tohono O’odham) polychrome olla, 2001. Heard Museum Purchase from the artist at the 2001 Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market, 4106-1.

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. Appraisal days occur in the spring and fall. Please check our calendar of events page for upcoming dates.