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.