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From the traditional to the innovative, Phoenix has a surprising collection of museums. It's hard to go wrong with most of the museums in the city, but these are the standouts:
A celebration of Native American heritage, the Heard Museum shows off the rich history of the state's tribes. The exhibits guide you through the life, legacy and mysticism of the Southwest's tribes. This is a must see for all visitors to the Phoenix area. Frequent cultural events on the weekends are worth attending — the dance performances are especially captivating.
For the arts enthusiast, the Phoenix Art Museum or the rotating shows at the museum at modern Mesa Arts Center are well worth a visit. The rotating collections at the Mesa Arts Center highlight thought-provoking works while the Phoenix Art Museum balances traditional European and Asian collections with downright cool installation pieces like James Turrell's Tall Glass.