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Shaped by the area's Native American heritage and long-time love affair with the arts, Phoenix's cultural scene is lively. From The Phoenix Symphony to public art dotting the desert setting, the city is filled with opportunities to enjoy the fine arts. Monthly art walks in Phoenix and Scottsdale transform the city with open galleries, while Broadway productions and local theater — with companies such as Actors Theatre and Stray Cat Theatre — are mainstays. Jazz bars and local venues offer music every night of the week. A city filled with museums, Phoenix documents and celebrates everything from firefighters — The Hall of Flame Fire Museum — to music-making — the Musical Instrument Museum. Perhaps the real gem, however, is the area's Native American history. Don't miss the Heard Museum, home to a comprehensive southwest art collection that explores the legacy of the state's many Native American tribes.