The Heard Museum was founded in 1929 by Dwight and Maie Heard. It is located in Phoenix Arizona as a place to examine collections, exhibits, and festivals regarding Arizona history. The Heard Museum also has a satellite location in North Scottsdale. It is possible to tour the museum as a group or individual. Group rates are offered for schools and other community groups. Admission is $12, $11, and $5 for adults, seniors and students with IDs, respectively. Children 6 to 12 can enter for $3. Hours of operation are 9:30am to 5pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday. The museum shop is open similar hours to the museum; remaining open a half hour after the museum closes. The café at the Heard Museum is open 11am to 3pm.
The Early Collections at the Heard include 40,000 pieces of art and cultural pieces. These pieces were created by contemporary artists of their time, as well as by Natives. Each piece represents something important whether it is a culture or science reference. The Heard Museum Collections also contain jewelry, Baskets, Ceramics, Beadwork, and Textiles. These items range from early history up through modern times to show evolution of art.