Phoenix, the capital of Arizona, is a huge city that houses many exciting attractions that include beautiful landscapes, interesting museums, art galleries, and excellent restaurants. Here are a few attractions that you simply cannot miss.
The Musical Instrument Museum
The Musical Instrument Museum, which is rated as one of the top 15 museums in the U.S., houses a collection of over 6,000 instruments from all over the world. Regions such as Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and the U.S. are represented in the Geographic Gallery. In the Artist Gallery the greats of the music world are celebrated in ever-changing exhibits. You can see and hear instruments that were played by legendary musicians such as Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Dolly Parton.
In the Conservation Lab visitors can see how instruments are preserved and restored, and in the Experience and Encore Galleries guests can actually play on instruments from all over the world. The museum also hosts concerts throughout the year, featuring artists that represent a variety of genres.
Different tours are offered at the museum, ranging from an orientation tour with a museum guide to a VIP tour that allows guests access to places in the museum not normally open to the public. The museum is open seven days a week, and a general admission ticket costs $20 for adults.
Phoenix Art Museum
Housing more than 18,000 works of art, some of which date back to the Renaissance, the Phoenix Art Museum is one of the largest of its kind in the Southwest. Art from all over the world is exhibited in the museum, including Asia, America, Europe, and Latin America.
The Asian collection incorporates art from places like Tibet, Nepal, India, China, and Japan, and includes archeological material, jade sculptures, and samurai armor. Art works that range from the Renaissance to the Impressionist periods are exhibited in the European collection, whereas the American collection incorporates art from the late 18th to the early 20th centuries.
Current contemporary exhibitions include “Yayoi Kusama: You Who Are Getting Obliterated in the Dancing Swarm of Fireflies,” “Mexican Photographers, Mexican Views,” and “Ragnar Kjartansson: Scandinavian Pain and Other Myths.”
The museum is open from Tuesday through Saturday, and the adult ticket price is $18.
The celebrated architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, loved the Sonoran Desert so much that he built his winter home and a school of architecture there. All buildings at the site were constructed from local materials such as rubblestone and redwood by Wright and his apprentices between 1937 to 1959, with the effect that the buildings blend perfectly with the surrounding nature. The site contains apartments, studios, and theaters, and today still functions as an architecture school.
Different guided tours are available that range from one to three hours long, including an evening tour and a “Behind the Scenes” tour that offers mid-morning tea in the stunning Taliesin West Dining Room. You’ll only be able to visit Taliesin West if you’re on a tour, and some tours also require reservations. Ticket prices vary.
There’s no way that you’ll get bored in Phoenix. Whether you like nature, architecture, art, or music, you’ll find an attraction in this stunning city that will tickle your fancy.