Wanted to highlight few of the arts and culture institutions around the Phoenix Metro Area that grant free general admission.
Library cardholders can check out a Culture Pass for FREE admission for two people at participating arts and cultural institutions. Passes may be limited to general admission only. Special exhibitions may not be covered, and other restrictions may apply. One pass per family, two passes per month.
Always Free (Donations Accepted):
- African American Multicultural Museum
The African American Multicultural Museum is a local museum with a global perspective. An extensive variety of exhibits and programs featuring art, historical items, speakers, and artist will be highlighted throughout the year. The museum will keynote multiculturalism by emphasizing the positive contributions of many races and cultures while incorporating the African American segment.
- Arizona Capitol Museum
The Arizona State Capitol Museum features four floors of exhibits including: Flagship of the Fleet: Life and Death of the USS Arizona, Artwork from the Capitol Museum Collection, and their newest featured exhibit: Oasis - Frank Lloyd Wright’s Designs for the Arizona Capitol.
- Arizona Military Museum
The Arizona Military Museum is operated by the Arizona National Guard Historical Society, a private non-profit corporation. The officers and directors serve as docents, and they perform other necessary functions in conjunction with National Guard support to operate and maintain the museum.
- Arizona Railway Museum
Admission to the Rail Yard is always free when they are open, weekends from September through May. The Museum is dedicated to the railways of Arizona and the Southwest. There charge a $2 per person ($5 families/groups) fee to tour the interior of some trains.
- ASU Art Museum
Located at ASU’s Tempe campus, or rather under it, the ASU Art Museum showcases curated exhibitions from international and local artists as well as work from its permanent collection. (p.s. Check out the gift shop!)
- ASU Museum of Anthropology
Central to the ASU School of Human Evolution and Social Change, the Museum of Anthropology explores anthropological finds, examining the effect and the insight they can provide in helping us navigate through our ever-expanding and evolving world.
- Chandler Museum
The Chandler Museum includes the Downtown Museum, the historic McCullough-Price House, and Tumbleweed Ranch.
- Fiesta Bowl Museum
College football fans will delight in an array of exhibits featuring memorabilia from Fiesta Bowl events and bowl games, all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision team helmets, and some of college football’s most prestigious award trophies, including the Fiesta Bowl, Heisman, Eddie Robinson, and The National Championship Coaches’ Trophy.
- Phoenix Police Museum
The Phoenix Police Museum is housed in the Historic City Hall Building off Jefferson and Second streets. It presents the history of Phoenix law enforcement beginning with the first marshals in 1881 and includes a reproduction of an early 20th century police station.
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Museum
The Phoenix Airport Museum aims to give travelers a positive connection to Arizona by creating temporary but memorable displays that promotes Arizona art, culture, history and heritage. With exhibitions in all four Airport terminals, the museum is a great cultural detour among express eateries and security checkpoints.
- Sahuaro Ranch Park Historical Area
Preserving one of the Valley’s oldest and most magnificent ranches, the 17-acre Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area features 13 original buildings, a rose garden, barnyard and historic orchards.
- Scottsdale Historical Museum
The Scottsdale Historical Museum is housed in the Little Red Schoolhouse on the Scottsdale Mall and contains permanent exhibits of Winfield Scott and local history, as well as changing exhibits.
- Shemer Art Center & Museum Association
Shemer Art Center & Museum Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing artistic appreciation among Phoenix residents by offering classes for kids and adults, as well as seminars and museum exhibits.
- Tempe History Museum
The Tempe History Museum is a community history museum that explores Tempe’s identity and builds connections between residents and their community.
The Gallery @ Phoenix City Hall
The new gallery will offer rotating exhibitions from the city’s historic and contemporary art collection of 1,000 artworks.
- Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American and Native American Art
The focus of the collection lies in two specific areas: Contemporary Western American Art and Contemporary Native American Art. It is a vast composite of oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics, pastel and charcoal drawings, pen & inks, bronze, wood and natural stone sculptures, wood-turned bowls, basketry, pottery, kachinas and jewelry. There are well over 3,000 pieces of art depicting numerous mediums displayed throughout the gallery.
- Children’s Museum of Phoenix (every first Friday of the month)
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix aims to fascinate the young minds of imaginative thinkers, and maybe even bestowing a few things to their adult friends. For obvious safety reasons, adults must be accompanied by children, and vise versa.
- Phoenix Art Museum (every Wednesday and first Friday of the month)
The Phoenix Art Museum is easily an all-day affair, what with multiple levels of permanent art collections, changing featured exhibitions, sculpture gardens, films, performances, lectures, and more. Luckily the museum houses a ample café to keep you refueled as you explore.
- Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (every Thursday)
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art delivers modern art, architecture and designs from artists; both international and local, individual and collaborative. The museum offers educational programs and special events for children and/or adults, such as the young@art gallery, the Modern Phoenix Home Tour, and evening events in the SMoCA Lounge.