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About the Heard Museum

Since its founding in 1929, the Heard Museum has grown in size and stature to become recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, world-class exhibitions, educational programming and its unmatched festivals. Dedicated to the advancement of American Indian art, the Heard successfully presents the stories of American Indian people from a first-person perspective, as well as exhibitions that showcase the beauty and vitality of traditional and contemporary art.

The Heard Museum sets the standard for collaborating with American Indian artists and tribal communities to provide visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art of Native people, especially those from the Southwest.

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History of the Heard Museum

Explore the museum’s rich history as one of the Phoenix area’s first cultural attractions, and see how the museum has grown to be one of the world’s finest destinations for learning about American Indian arts and cultures.

Museum News

See what’s going on at the Heard Museum, and download recent press releases.

Board of Trustees

View members of the senior leadership who oversee the mission and future of the Heard Museum.

Tribal Relations

The purpose of the Heard Museum Tribal Relations department is to seek parallel interests with tribes and nations as well as American Indians and Native entities. As the mission of the Heard Museum seeks to provide an educational foundation for the public, strengthening ties with Indian Country is a priority of this institution.

Heard Museum Guild

Begin your volunteer journey with the Heard Museum Guild. Whether you have a few hours to help with a special event or time each week to provide guided tours, work in the Shop or help visitors at the information desk, there’s something for you.

Heard Museum Council

This group offers a closer look inside the fascinating world of American Indian arts and cultures. The Council welcomes to its membership professional men and women who share an interest in Native people, their art and their lifeways.


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Members are the heart of the Heard Museum, and many give generously of their time through the museum’s volunteer organizations: the Guild and Council. Each group sponsors public programs as well as special events for their members.

Press Room

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Heard Museum is to be the world’s preeminent museum for the presentation, interpretation and advancement of American Indian art, emphasizing its intersection with broader artistic and cultural themes.

Visitor Guide

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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.