Museums & Other Attractions
Heard Museum uses artifacts and contemporary art to spotlight Native American crafts and culture with a mission of educating the public about the living heritage.
Penske Racing Museum
Penske Racing has over 40 years of racing experience and over 300 major race wins. The Penske Racing Museum is a must-see for all lovers of the sport with an amazing collection of cars, trophies and racing memorabilia on display.
Musical Instrument Museum
Musical Instrument Museum, the largest museum of its type on earth, features over 15,000 musical instruments and related items from nearly 200 countries and territories and offers a shared experience of the history of musical instruments throughout the world.
Frank Lloyd Wright began building this desert masterpiece in 1937 as his personal winter home, studio, and architectural campus. Located on the beautiful Sonoran desert in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in northeast Scottsdale, the site offers a broad range of guided public tours. Visitors experience Wright’s brilliant ability to integrate indoor and outdoor spaces.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is Arizona’s only permanent museum dedicated solely to modern works of art, design and architecture and offers a wide variety of arts and culture exhibits.
Deer Valley Rock Art Center
Deer Valley Rock Art Center, an archeology museum and 47-acre Sonoran Desert preserve, is home to the sacred site of ancient rock carvings called petroglyphs, made by Native Americans some 10,000 years ago.
Butterfly Wonderland, the largest butterfly pavilion in America, entertains and enchants, as it educates visitors of all ages on the wonders of one of Mother Nature’s most beloved creatures. It features a magnificent glass atrium that brings a tropical rainforest environment to the Arizona desert. It also includes educational laboratories and interactive exhibits, a 3D movie theater, a gift shop, and a cafe-style dining area. It is located at 9500 East Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, AZ 85256.
Arizona Science Center
The mission of Arizona Science Center is to inspire, educate and entertain people of all ages about science. The Center, located at 600 E. Washington Street in downtown Phoenix, features more than 300 hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, the state-of-the-art Dorrance Planetarium and a five-story iMAX® theater. For more information, visit www.azscience.org or call 602-716-2000.
Enter a world of wonder and discovery at the Phoenix Zoo. Featuring over 1,400 animals, including Bornean orangutans, Asian elephants, Sumatran tigers, Komodo dragons, Andean bears and more — the Zoo is like no other place in the Valley of the Sun. With outdoor cafés, gardens, close-up animal experiences and 125 acres of natural habitats within beautiful Papago Park, your visit will be memorable for the entire family. The Phoenix Zoo is the only zoo in the Valley accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.