Phoenix Art Museum


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Phoenix Art Museum has 203,000 square foot display space for visual arts. The 18,000 collections of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design include works from Rembrandt, Norman Rockwell, and Annie Leibowitz. Monet… etc.

The museum was opened in 1959 and was designed by New York architects Tod Williams/Billie Tsien & Associates and has been Arizona’s cultural hub for nearly fifty years. The museum is not just a gallery but also place for festivals, live performances, independent art films and educational programs.

The Museum's vast collection includes works of art that span the centuries and the globe. The eclectic pieces comprise several diverse and stimulating galleries, winning the praise of visitors and critics alike.

  • American Art: The paintings and sculptures on view in the American collection reflect an interest in naturalism and the traditions of Europe. The work dates roughly from 1790 to the 1940s. Artists include: John Singleton Copley, Fitz Henry Lane, George Inness, Eastman Johnson, William Merritt Chase and Robert Henri.
  • Asian Art: You will be amazed at how they many Asian cultures are so beautifully represented in this collection. Works include Chinese ceramics, cloisonné enamel, painting and tomb sculpture, Japanese prints and screens, Indian sculpture, miniature paintings and Buddhist art from Tibet, Nepal, India, China, Japan, Sri Lanka and Java.
  • European Art: European Collection features more than 1,200 paintings, drawings and sculptures depicting everything from religion to everyday life from the 14th to 19th centuries. Artists include: Marco Palmezzano, Astorga Master, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (Il Guercino), Abraham Janssens, François Boucher, George Romney, Jean-Baptiste Greuze and Jean-Antoine Houdon, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Auguste Rodin, Baron Antoine-Jean Gros, Ferdinand-Victor-Eugene Delacroix, Gustave Courbet, and Claude Monet.
  • Latin American Art: The Latin American Collection includes over 400 works of art from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The collection boasts Spanish Colonial and early 20th century Mexican artworks that include religious paintings, colonial furniture, decorative arts and more. Artists include: Frida Kahlo, Rufino Tamayo, Diego Rivera, and many contemporary Latin American artists.
  • Fashion Design: collection comprised of more than 4,500 American and European garments, shoes and accessories. It houses important fashions from the 18th to late 20th centuries and emphasizes major American designers of the 20th century including Adrian, Norell, Galanos, and Claire McCardell; and European Designers such as Balenciaga, Chanel, Dior, and Yves Saint Laurent. Exhibitions that focus on clothing both as an art form and cultural phenomenon are rotated regularly underscoring the significance of fashion as it relates to social and economic history. The Astaire Library of Costumes included in the Museum's Art Research Library houses many rare books and print relating to costume and textiles.
  • Modern Art: Witness a Collection of Modern Art that comprises more than 2,400 paintings, sculpture and works on paper from the turn of the 20th century up to 1950. The collection represents many of the pioneers of European and American modernism. Artists include: Pablo Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Milton Avery, and Stuart Davis, Marsden Hartley, Joseph Stella, Arthur Dove, Oscar Bluemner, and Georgia O'Keeffe, Hans Hoffman, Seymour Lipton, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler, Willem De Kooning and more.
  • Thorne Room: These rooms were conceived, designed and in large part created by Narcissa Niblack Thorne. An Indiana native, Thorne began to collect miniature furniture and household accessories during her travels to England and the Far East shortly after the turn of the 20th century. Beginning in 1930, Thorne devised the ingenious scheme of having these interiors made to hold her growing collection of miniature objects. Many of the rooms are exact replicas of existing houses in the United States and Europe. The remaining rooms faithfully depict the architecture and interior design of their periods and countries. Made at a scale of 1:12 (one inch in the room equals one foot in real life), some of the rooms even contain period-style rugs Mrs. Thorne had woven specifically for each space. Mrs. Thorne and the craftsmen she worked with completed nearly 100 rooms. Her hope was that perfectly proportioned rooms in miniature could substitute for costly and space-consuming full-scale period rooms that museums across the country were beginning to acquire. Phoenix Art Museum owns 20 Thorne Miniature Rooms and the rest are in the Art Institute of Chicago (68), the Knoxville Museum of Art (9), The Indianapolis Childrens Museum (1), and the Kaye Miniature Museum in Los Angeles (1).
  • Western American Art: With more than 900 paintings, sculptures and works on paper, one of the highlights of the Museum is the art of our region, the American West. The collection features paintings by local artists of the 19th century whose work was influenced by exploration and adventure. Included are some of the earliest paintings of the Arizona Territory. Artists include: Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington, Ernest Blumenschein, Walter Ufer, Ernest Martin Hennings, Maynard Dixon, Georgia O'Keeffe, Bill Owen and Chuck Forsman.
  • Comtemporary Art: The Contemporary Collection - art created since the 1950s - is one of the most active and growing areas in the Museum. Displayed in a newly opened 30,000 sq. ft. world-class gallery space created by architects Tod Williams/Billie Tsien and Associates, the collection includes large-scale photography, outdoor sculpture, and art created in a variety of surprising and unexpected materials, plus more "traditional" paintings on canvas. In several instances, daring works push the technical limitations of several media, including computer-controlled LED lighting and video, ceramics, mirrored glass, and even charred wood struck by lightning. In these works, human experiences are explored in the examinations of abstracted forms, the power of nature, plays of light, shadow and reflective surfaces, and the unknowing possibilities of infinity. Memorable visual experiences are presented in the works of some of the leading artists of our time including Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt, Josiah McElheny, Julian Opie, Donald Judd, Michal Rovner, Yayoi Kusama, Cornelia Parker, among many others.
  • Philip Curtis Art: The Ullman Center provides you with a unique opportunity to focus on the art and life of the superb painter, Philip C. Curtis. The works on view are drawn from the Museum’s extensive collection and cover more than fifty years of his career.
  • Photography: The Phoenix Art Museum along with the Center for Creative Photography (CCP) at the University of Arizona in Tucson have established a vibrant new photography exhibition program featuring world-renowned collections of more than 80,000 works by 2,000 photographers. Artists include: Ansel Adams, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Richard Avedon, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, W. Eugene Smith, Edward Weston and more.

Minimum Time Needed

Whole Day


Wednesday, 10am-9pm
Thursday-Saturday, 10am-5pm
Sunday, 12pm-5pm
First Friday Evenings, 6-10pm

Closed Mondays & Tuesdays.

Museum Holiday Hours
December 24, 10am – 3pm
December 25, Museum Closed
December 31, 10am – 5pm
January 1, Museum Closed

Admission Fee

$10 adults
$8 senior citizens & fulltime college/university students w/ID
$4 children ages 6-17
Free for Museum members & children under age 6


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