An ambitious reimagining in 2007 doubled the size of this once-sleepy institution and spring-boarded a contemporary art collection. Recent curators have given long-overdue recognition to local artists, particularly Latinos, as well. (For Western and so-called cowboy art, turn to Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West) The museum’s modern works and its notable costume collection are worth checking out. It’s not the Whitney or LACMA, but even sophisticated art mavens won’t feel they’ve wasted their time. Families in particular shouldn’t miss the permanent Yayoi Kusama installation, known colloquially as “Fireflies.” The cafe here is a good spot for lunch. The museum is free from 3pm to 9pm on Wednesdays, on First Fridays from 6pm to 10 pm, and all day on the second Saturday and Sunday of the month.
Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave., USA
Our Rating Neighborhood Around Town Hours Tues–Sat 10am–5pm, until 9pm Wed; Sun noon–5pm. Also 6–10pm 1st Fri of month. Closed major holidays. Transportation Bus: O. METRO: McDowell Rd./Central Ave. Phone 602/257-1222 Prices $23 adults, $20 seniors, $18 students, $14 kids 17 and under; $5 discount when various galleries are closed. Free admission Wed 3–9pm, 1st Fri of month, and 2nd Sat & Sun of month. Web site Phoenix Art Museum
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