There’s something about cannabis that makes you want to explore your artistic side. Whether it’s music, paintings, sculptures, or anything in between, our favorite herb can really let your imagination run wild. Even if you’re not much of an artist yourself, there are plenty of art museums in the Arizona area to help you find artistic inspiration. When you’re ready to spark your creativity, check our list of the Top 5 Art Museums in Arizona.
1. Phoenix Art Museum
Recognized as the most expensive art museum in the southwestern United States, no gallery list would be complete without the Phoenix Art Museum. For 60 years, this museum has opened its doors to world-class exhibitions and features comprehensive collections that have inspired meaningful moments of learning and connection, making it an ideal adventure for the artistically inclined.
It’s home to a collection of more than 20,000 objects ranging from Renaissance art to contemporary wonders and welcomes more than 300,000 guests each year, both within the walls of this prestigious museum and through their community programs. Their mission is “to ignite imaginations, create connections, and serve as a vibrant destination, a brave space, for all people who wish to experience the transformative power of art”.
Short for the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, SMoCA houses a wide range of modern works of art, design, and architecture — even the building itself is a work of art. ¡
An innovative reimagination of an old movie theater (designed by award-winning architect Will Bruder), SMoCA’s minimalist building instantly sends a message that you’re in for a transcendent experience. Inside, the building features four galleries that showcase rotating exhibitions and works from the Museum’s growing permanent collection, along with a fifth multi-use gallery space called the SMoCA Lounge. Be sure to check out their website for more detailed information on what they’re currently exhibiting.
3. Bentley Gallery
For a more intimate adventure, the Bentley Gallery has long been a staple in the Phoenix art community. Throughout the 35-year history of this renowned gallery, a diverse range of mediums have been celebrated, including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, textiles, installation art, video, and more. Focusing mainly on mid-career and museum-collected artists, you may recognize some of the pieces as you stroll through their well-curated space. It’s the perfect place for a serene solo expedition or an artsy first date.
4. Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
Located in Old Town Scottsdale, this 43,000 square foot sprawling museum is equal parts art gallery and history lesson. Featuring the art, culture, and history of 19 states in the American West, Western Canada, and Mexico, Western Spirit’s goal is to boldly immerse its guests in the history of the Greater Western Region, highlighting the past to better shape our future.
Plan a full day to really enjoy all that this multi-faceted museum has to offer. You’ll walk away feeling inspired and with more knowledge about Arizona’s unique story.
5. Wonderspaces Arizona
Found in Scottsdale’s Fashion Square, Wonderspaces is an immersive experience that allows you to get up close and personal with an ever-changing roster of installations. You can even enjoy a signature cocktail as you interact with the 14 different works of art courtesy of their full bar.
This gallery is perfect for snapping a few pics for social media or just delighting in the present moment with pals. Either way, you’re in for an unforgettable time.
Explore your own way.
Whether you’re an Arizona local or just passing through, these art museums are sure to open your mind and help you create new memories. Make sure to make a pit stop at any of our Arizona JARS locations and you’ll be in a creative mood in no time.