The Phoenix Art Museum
A few blocks away from ASU Law, Phoenix Art Museum’s collection features art from the renaissance to the contemporary. In its permanent collection, the museum features 20 historical miniatures of the famed Thorne rooms, bequeathed by Narcissa Niblack Thorne.
Popular during the holiday season, Ballet Arizona also offers classic and contemporary performances year round. Along with performances at Symphony Hall in Phoenix, the group presents its popular “Ballet Under the Stars” every September at local parks throughout the Phoenix area free of charge.
The MIM- Musical Instrument Museum
The Musical Instrument Museum showcases the world’s largest and most vast collection of its kind with more than 15,000 musical instruments, representing 200 countries and all inhabited continents. The collection includes one of seven octobass instruments ever made.
With something for every music lover, the Phoenix Symphony performs about 35 shows a year ranging from the classical, to Broadway and even full movie scores played live to the projected film.
The Heard Museum
Situated in the Phoenix Art District, The Heard Museum is solely dedicated to the art, culture and history of the American Indian. Celebrating art of the past and future, a notable area of the museum is its collection of Kachina dolls.
OdySea Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the southwest with more than 70 exhibits and hours of entertainment. Spanning over 200,000 square feet, you will see 300 different species and 6,000 animals.
Looking for drama, intrigue, beautiful music, gorgeous costumes and sets? Look no further than the Arizona Opera. Established in 1971, the organization has been entertaining Arizona audiences for almost 50 years, featuring a repertoire of beloved classics to American operas.
Frank Lloyd Wright, like many who initially came to Arizona to enjoy the mild winters, fell in love with the southwestern landscape. Taliesin West, built in 1937, became a retreat for the famous architect and later a school of architecture.
In the heart of Papago park, the Phoenix Zoo inhabits 125 acres of land with a variety of exotic creatures from the local desert all the way to the African Savannah. The Phoenix Zoo has a lot to offer, like one of its most popular and famous residents, the orangutans.
First Friday Art Walk
The first Friday of every month, downtown Phoenix galleries and museums open their doors for free to the public. Experience the First Friday Art Walk, while enjoying live music, great food and different forms of art along the way.
Nightlife in Downtown Phoenix
While Phoenix is known for its Southwest culture and Mexican food, dining options abound for all tastes and budgets throughout the Valley. Whether you’re looking for a high-end cocktail or a local craft beer, downtown Phoenix has the bar or restaurant to suit any mood.