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Tempe’s Art Museums

Tempe’s art culture is ever changing and ever growing. You’ll find creative and authentic paintings, sculptures, ceramics, photography and even film in the city’s local art museums, but you’ll find artists’ expressions displayed around the city as well.

Even if you’re a regular at in Tempe’s museums, the exhibits are always changing, so there is always something new to see. Here’s what’s current:


ASU Art Museum

51 E. 10th St

The ASU Art Museum, named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America magazine, is recognized for its cutting edge exhibits and innovative programming that is interdisciplinary, educational and relevant to life today. A visit to the ASU Art Museum, at 10th Street and Mill Avenue, and the Ceramics Research Center & Brickyard Gallery, located at 7th Street and Mill Avenue, is always an energizing experience.

Current exhibits

  • Decomiso: Faivovich and Goldberg
  • From Darkness to Light: Figurative Works from the Permanent Collection
  • Pop/Funk: Warhol and Frey


ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center and Brickyard Gallery

699 S. Mill Avenue

The Ceramics Research Center has one of the largest 20th century and contemporary ceramic collections in the United States. It’s holdings demonstrate the full range of technique, aesthetic approaches and possibilities within the medium. In addition to displaying it’s permanent collection, the Ceramics Research Center features three to five exhibitions on important movements and artists who have made significant contributions in the ceramics field.

Current exhibits:

  • From Darkness to Light: Figurative Works from the Permanent Collection


Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park

1300 North College Avenue

The Arizona Heritage Center focuses on  the contemporary history of Metropolitan Phoenix from the early 1900s to the present through interactive exhibits, guided tours and a research library.

Current exhibits:

  • Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors


Gallery at the Tempe Center for the Arts

700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy

The Gallery at the TCA is located in the beautiful Tempe Center for the Arts. Rotating exhibitions by local and nationally known artists and a variety of visual arts workshops and events have made The Gallery at the TCA a favorite of locals and visitors to Tempe.

Current exhibits:

  • Monster Stories


Grotto Gallery

132 E. Sixth Street

The Grotto Gallery is operated by the Arizona Artisans COLLECTIVE, a professional fellowship of Arizona makers and artisans.

Current exhibits:

  • Falling in Love


Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N. Galvin Pkwy

The Desert Botanical Garden is home to one of the most extensive living collections of the world’s desert plants. Unusual plants including giant cacti, century plants and others in a natural setting create a striking visual treat. The Garden also features world-class art exhibitions, festive events,  outdoor concerts and fascinating classes.

Current exhibits:

  • Untamed: Wild Compositions by Frank Gonzalez
  • Electric Desert
  • Offrenda


Pueblo Grand Museum

4619 E. Washington Street

Pueblo Grande Museum features a 1500 year old Hohokam site and three galleries focusing on the Hohokam people who populated the area from A.D. 450 to 1450 and the archaeological methods used to learn about these ancient farmers of the Salt and Gila River Valleys. The museum also features revolving exhibitions that reflect Southwest history, culture and art.

Current exhibits:

  • Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales


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