Free Museum Fun Around Scottsdale

Free museum days around Scottsdale and Phoenix

10 Local Free Museum Deals to Explore

Ready for a cultural adventure that won’t break the bank? The Scottsdale and Phoenix areas are bursting with free museums! Check out this guide for the inside scoop on the best deals. Don’t forget to visit the museum websites or give them a call to confirm hours and events. Some may require advanced reservations or timed entry tickets, so be sure to plan ahead. And hey, students, military personnel, and other groups might be able to snag even better deals. While admission is free, donations are greatly appreciated and help support these cultural gems.

Be sure to call and confirm these times before visiting.

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10 Free Museum Deals Around Scottsdale:


Arizona Capitol Museum: The Arizona Capitol Museum is located in Phoenix and is housed in the historic Arizona State Capitol building. The museum offers free admission every day 9am to 4pm. Closed on Sundays.


ASU Art Museum: This contemporary art museum exhibits international and Arizona-based artists, and features a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, video, and more. Free admission every day. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.


Children’s Museum of Phoenix: The Children’s Museum of Phoenix is located in downtown Phoenix and features interactive exhibits and activities for children of all ages. The museum offers free admission on the first Friday of every month from 5 pm to 9 pm.


Desert Botanical Garden – This beautiful outdoor space features desert plant life from around the world.Visitors can explore the various gardens and exhibits and learn about the different plants and animals that call the desert home. Admission is free on the second Tuesday of every month. 


Heard Museum: The Heard Museum is dedicated to the art, history, and culture of the Indigenous peoples of the Southwest. The museum offers free admission on the first Friday of every month from 6 pm to 10 pm.


Phoenix Art Museum: The Phoenix Art Museum features over 18,000 works of art from around the world. The museum offers free admission every Wednesday from 3 pm to 7 pm. 


Penske Racing Museum: At the Penske Racing Museum, visitors can explore a wide range of iconic racing vehicles that span several decades of racing history and admission is always free!


Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art – Located in downtown Scottsdale, this world-class museum features a variety of contemporary art exhibitions and programs. The museum offers free admission every Thursday from 12 pm to 9 pm.


S’edav Va’aki Museum( formerly Pueblo Grande Museum): This archaeological site and museum showcases the history and culture of the ancient Hohokam people. Free admission on the first Saturday of every month from 9am to 4:45pm. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.


Tempe Center for the Arts: This modern arts center features performances, exhibits, and classes in a stunning lakeside setting. The gallery offers free admission every day. Closed on Mondays.

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