One thing that both locals and tourists love about Phoenix is the amazing environment of art and culture. If you want to satisfy your inner enthusiast, you won’t run out of things to do in the city. From world-class performances in theaters and concert halls to the fantastic displays of art in museums, you’ll find something to enjoy.
1. Visit the Phoenix Art Museum
First on the list is the most prominent art museum in the Southwestern United States, the Phoenix Art Museum. It’s been around since 1959, with a collection that has since been expanding to include different genres, such as Latin American, European, Asian, and American art.
It’s also more than a museum as it hosts educational programs, live performances, regular festivals, and art films throughout the year. Its top attraction is an interactive gallery for young artists. There’s also a fine-dining restaurant charmingly name Palette.
2. Give your kids the time of their lives in the Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Speaking of young artists, Phoenix also has a museum dedicated to kids: the Children’s Museum of Phoenix. The museum is a three-story space in the Monroe School Building in downtown Phoenix and hosts over 300 interactive, hands-on displays and exhibits.
Some of its well-known exhibits are the “Art Studio: Creative Expression” where kids can play with colors and shapes; “BlockMania” where they can play with blocks of many colors, shapes, and sizes to practice their balance and spatial awareness; and the “Book Loft” where kids can peacefully read books or listen to stories.
3. Visit artistic local souvenir shops
A visit to Phoenix would be incomplete without a visit to one of its local souvenir shops. Phoenix is lined with boutiques offering handcrafted local products ranging from notebooks to pieces of jewelry. One of the most popular souvenir shops in Phoenix is Frances, a boutique offering a mix of charming artisan gifts, jewelry, bags, and clothing. Frances also holds an annual craft fair called Crafeteria sometime in December.
4. Relax with Phoenix Symphony’s amazing music
If listening to a symphony orchestra is your thing, here’s one more reason to love Phoenix. In downtown Phoenix and throughout Central Arizona, the Phoenix Symphony regularly performs classical and pop concerts. The group was formed in 1947, and some of their most popular events include the Savor the Symphony Women’s Luncheon and Parties of Norte. You’d have to plan your visit to the symphony by visiting their website.
It’s also interesting to note that the symphony also offers educational programs to encourage participation in musical events among residents. These include Symphony Hall field trips, family-focused concerts, school-based concerts, and even cross-cultural community projects with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
In the end, Phoenix offers more than just mountain parks and fantastic architecture. It’s also a great place to be for art and music lovers, truly a cultural hub of Arizona. From museums to musical experiences, it can stimulate your imagination so that you can leave feeling renewed and filled with fresh ideas.