Located along Central Avenue, north of downtown and I-10, the Heard Museum is not hard to find, and parking is free at the museum. As you walk to the entrance, there are some displays of art in front of it. And right by the parking lot. But skip these, if your time is limited, as the main reason to visit this place is inside.
The Heard Museum is a museum that tells the stories of Native Americans, with displays of different pottery and artwork. There are some notable exhibitions that make this place very much worth visiting.
Starting with the main exhibition is the "Native People in the Southwest", which tells the stories of the different tribes in the Southwestern part of the US. There are displays of all sorts of things, used by the different tribes, like dolls, baskets, jars and a lot more. One notable part, is a huge collection of kastina dolls, which are really nice to look at. There are sub-sections on each of the tribes, and their background. Very interesting and informative, and organized very well, as they are arranged by the different tribes.
There are a couple other notable exhibitions. One of them is on native groups around the world, like in Oceania and the Americas. The other being the "Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience", telling the first-hand stories of trying to "Americanize" the Native American children. While I could only see a small portion of it, I thought it was interesting enough to make it worth my time. And wished that I had more time for it.
There are other parts, but I think the ones mentioned are enough reason to check out this place. As I think this serves as a great introduction on who the different Native American groups are. And showing the fact that there are different groups, to begin with.
Very well-done, and a lot to see with very good descriptions, I would highly recommend visiting this museum, if you are in the Phoenix area.
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