MUSEUMS & ATTRACTIONS

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Com­mem­o­ra­tive Air Force Air­base Ari­zona Avi­a­tion Mu­seum

An ex­tra­or­di­nary 1933 Lock­heed Vega mono­plane is spend­ing the summer at the Com­mem­o­ra­tive Air Force Air­base Ari­zona Avi­a­tion Mu­seum. The six-pas­sen­ger craft was never in ser­vice with the U.S. mil­i­tary, but dur­ing restora­tions re­quired af­ter three pri­vate-owner crashes, it was em­bla­zoned with the 1930s-era mark­ings of the Army Air Corps. On ex­hibit as an ex­am­ple of Ve­gas pur­chased by the Air Corps in 1931, this par­tic­u­lar spec­i­men is fur­ther distin­guished by its alu­minum fuse­lage, which in­di­cates it was one of just nine built by the Detroit Air­craft Cor­po­ra­tion; ear­lier edi­tions were ply­wood-skinnned and built in Cal­i­for­nia.

Ar­chi­tec­ture & Homes

COSANTI The foundry and stu­dio of Ital­ian ar­chi­tect Paolo So­leri (1919-2013), who ex­per­i­mented with earth-cast roofs and shade-throw­ing breeze­ways, and en­deav­ored to find an eco­nom­i­cal and so­cia­ble an­ti­dote to ur­ban sprawl. Cosanti re­mains a work­ing wind­bell foundry, gallery, shop and ed­u­ca­tional mon­u­ment to the ar­chi­tect. www.cosanti.com. 6433 E. Dou­bletree Ranch Rd., Par­adise Val­ley, 480.948.6145. Val­ley Map L18 FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S TALIESIN WEST Famed ar­chi­tect Frank Lloyd Wright’s (1867-1959) per­sonal res­i­dence for al­most 20 years. Set on 600 acres in the foothills of north­east Scotts­dale, with guided tours of the build­ings and the sur­round­ing desert. www.fran­kl­loy­d­wright.org. Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. & Cac­tus Rd., 480.860.2700. Val­ley Map J20

Art Museums

ASU ART MU­SEUM Amer­i­can and Mex­i­can art, prints, new me­dia, crafts, Latin Amer­i­can and Latino art, as well as works by lo­cal and re­gional artists. Through Aug 9: Rhythm & His­tory, fea­tur­ing hold­ings from a sig­nif­i­cant 1998 ASU Art Mu­seum show of con­tem­po­rary art from Cuba, plus new ac­qui­si­tions. asuart­mu­seum.asu.edu. Nel­son Fine Arts Cen­ter, south of 10th St. & east of Mill Ave., Tempe, 480.965.2787. Tempe Map F5 HEARD MU­SEUM This re­spected in­sti­tu­tion be­gan in 1929 with a pri­vate col­lec­tion of Amer­i­can In­dian art, and con­tin­ues to grow. Cu­rated, themed, static and in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits en­com­pass icons, im­ple­ments, lore, life­styles and artis­tic ex­pres­sion from prim­i­tive through con­tem­po­rary. Through Sept 28: BUILD! Toy Brick Art, a col­lec­tion of sculp­tures made by artists us­ing LE­GOs. www.heard.org. 2301 N. Cen­tral Ave., 602.252.8840. Phoenix Map A4

MESA CON­TEM­PO­RARY ARTS MU­SEUM Five sub­ter­ranean galleries fea­ture emerg­ing and in­ter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized vis­ual artists. Through Aug 10:

Turn­ing the Page, nar­ra­tive works in metal by Mar­i­lyn da Silva; Fold, Pa­per, Scis­sors, in­tri­cate di­men­sional works made from sin­gle sheets of pa­per; In/ Vis­i­ble, an in­stal­la­tion of three-di­men­sional translu­cent fig­ures by Sara Rockinger; metal jew­elry by Betsy Dou­glas; Bound­less: The Book Trans­formed in Con­tem­po­rary Art. Free; closed M. www.mesaarts­cen­ter.com. Mesa Arts Cen­ter, Main & Cen­ter Sts., Mesa, 480.644.6500. Val­ley Map S21 PHOENIX AIR­PORT MU­SEUM Ari­zona’s artis­tic and cul­tural her­itage is ex­plored in one of the largest air­port ex­hibit pro­grams in the coun­try. Per­ma­nent art and spe­cial ex­hibits in all ter­mi­nals, most of which are vis­i­ble around the clock. Jun Kaneko’s “Dan­gos” are per­ma­nently in­stalled on level one of Ter­mi­nal 3. www.sky­har­bor.com/mu­seum. Phoenix Sky Har­bor In­ter­na­tional Air­port, 3400 E. Sky Har­bor Blvd. Val­ley Map R16

PHOENIX ART MU­SEUM The largest vis­ual arts mu­seum in the South­west con­tains a vast col­lec­tion of art rang­ing from 19th-cen­tury Euro­pean works to 21st-cen­tury con­tem­po­rary mas­ter­pieces—in to­tal, al­most 17,000 works. Through July 6: Hol­ly­wood Cos­tume, ex­plor­ing cos­tume de­sign as a key com­po­nent of cin­ema

sto­ry­telling. Through July 13: Wil­liam H. John­son: An Amer­i­can Mod­ern, a se­lec­tion of paint­ings from the mod­ernist painter. Through July 27: Hol­ly­wood Red Car­pet, ex­am­in­ing fashion de­signs mod­eled by ac­tresses. Through Aug 17: The Process & The Page: De­vel­op­ing Pho­to­graphic Books. Closed M-Tu. www.phxart.org. 1625 N. Cen­tral Ave., 602.257.1880. Phoenix Map B3

SCOTTS­DALE MU­SEUM OF CON­TEM­PO­RARY ART

SMOCA Mod­ern art, ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign works are show­cased in a build­ing re­designed by Ari­zona-based ar­chi­tect Will Bruder. Flagstaff-based artist James Tur­rell con­trib­uted an open-topped sit­ting space called “Knight Rise” to the mu­seum’s south end. Free Th; closed M. www.smoca.org. 2nd St. & Drinkwa­ter Blvd., 480.874.4666. Scotts­dale Map M8

SHE­MER ART CEN­TER & MU­SEUM A fam­i­ly­ori­ented art mu­seum, sculp­ture gar­den and site of art classes for chil­dren and adults. Through

June 29: Through Each Oth­ers Eyes, pho­tog­ra­phy ret­ro­spec­tive. Free; closed Su-M. www.she­mer­art­cen­terand­mu­seum.org. 5005 E. Camel­back Rd., 602.262.4727. Val­ley Map O17

Chil­dren’s Attractions

CHIL­DREN’S MU­SEUM OF PHOENIX A zany steel climb­ing ap­pa­ra­tus is the first at­trac­tion be­yond ad­mis­sion, and yields views of lots of other cool stuff (like a foam noo­dle for­est) on up­per floors. Tac­tile, noisy and imag­i­na­tive ac­tiv­i­ties abound. www.chil­drens­mu­se­u­mof­phoenix.org. 215 N. 7th St., 602.253.0501. Phoenix Map H8 CRACKER JAX FAM­ILY FUN & SPORTS PARK Bumper boats and go-karts for chil­dren and full-grown adults, three mini-golf cour­ses, bat­ting cages, three sand vol­ley­ball courts, a two-story driv­ing range, and video ar­cade. www.crack­er­jax.com. 16001 N. Scotts­dale Rd., 480.998.2800. Val­ley Map I18

City Sights

HER­ITAGE SQUARE This city block is home to re­stored build­ings dat­ing back to the late 1800s, and is the only re­main­ing group of res­i­den­tial struc­tures from the orig­i­nal town­site of Phoenix. www. phoenix.gov/parks. Her­itage & Science Park, 7th St. & Mon­roe, 602.262.5071 (of­fice) or 602.262.5029 (recorded mes­sage). Phoenix Map I7 LUKE AIR FORCE BASE The only ac­tive-duty F-16 train­ing base in the world. Keep an eye on the sky in the area for a free show. www.luke.af.mil. Glen­dale Ave. & Litch­field Rd., Glen­dale, 623.856.5853. Val­ley Map M8 MCCORMICK STILL­MAN RAIL­ROAD PARK Dozens of historic rail­road cars, a steam-pow­ered en­gine, and ex­tremely de­tailed model rail­road ex­hibits re­veal Ari­zona’s train-tracked roots. Take a small-scale train ride through the park, notic­ing play­grounds and a work­ing carousel you might re­turn to later on, and visit the $3.6 mil­lion “train shed”— charm­ingly old-fash­ioned-look­ing but tricked-out with mod­ern tech­nol­ogy. Free ad­mis­sion. www. therail­road­park.com. 7301 E. In­dian Bend Rd., 480.312.2312. Val­ley Map M18 RAWHIDE WILD WEST TOWN Mock 1880s Western town with pe­riod shops, galleries, entertainment, gold­pan­ning, horse­back rid­ing, steak din­ners and ac­tiv­i­ties for kids. www.rawhide.com. I-10 & Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chan­dler, 480.502.5600. Val­ley Map Y17

Farms & Gar­dens

DESERT BOTAN­I­CAL GAR­DEN The Gar­den’s 145 acres show­case the Sono­ran Desert and more than 20,000 plants rep­re­sent­ing 4,000 species. www.dbg.org. Pa­pago Park, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., 480.941.1225. Val­ley Map Q18

QUEEN CREEK OLIVE MILL This 30-acre olive grove in the Gila River flood­plain south of Phoenix pro­duces ex­tra-vir­gin and spe­cialty olive oils fa­vored by many re­sort kitchens and re­tailed by spe­cialty gro­cers. Half-hour, lim­ited-ca­pac­ity tours for a nom­i­nal charge; reser­va­tions rec­om­mended. Break­fast, lunch, and lunch-with-a-tour pack­ages avail­able. www.queen­creeko­livemill.com. 25062 S. Merid­ian Rd., Queen Creek, 480.888.9290. South of Val­ley Map Z27

Museums

ARI­ZONA MU­SEUM OF NAT­U­RAL HIS­TORY The pre­his­toric wing and Di­nosaur Moun­tain are amaz­ing blasts from the far, far past. Closed M. www.azmnh.org. 53 N. Mac­don­ald, Mesa, 480.644.2230. Val­ley Map S23 COM­MEM­O­RA­TIVE AIR FORCE AIR­BASE ARI­ZONA The great planes of WWII are pre­served in fly­ing con­di­tion; static ex­hibits ex­am­ine en­emy ar­ti­facts, pieces from a B-17 Fly­ing Fortress lost in ac­tion, and the role of Women Air­force Ser­vice Pi­lots ( WASPs) and Tuskegee Air­men. Summer hours: Tu-Sa, 9 am-3 pm. www.az­caf.org. Fal­con Field, 2017 N. Green­field Rd., Mesa, 480.924.1940. Val­ley Map Q24 MU­SI­CAL IN­STRU­MENT MU­SEUM Col­lect­ing mu­seum of mu­sic-mak­ing de­vices from across the globe. See in­stru­ments on dis­play, hear their sounds via au­dio com­po­nents, and ex­pe­ri­ence mu­sic dur­ing live per­for­mances in the mu­seum’s the­ater. See entertainment list­ing for per­for­mance high­lights. www.mim.org. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., 480.478.6000. Val­ley Map H17

Zoos & Aquar­i­ums

BUT­TER­FLY WONDERLAND Largest but­ter­fly pav­il­ion in North Amer­ica. Fea­tures things-with-wings gallery within a trop­i­cal rain­for­est set­ting and 3-D the­ater. Ex­am­i­na­tions of ants, hon­ey­bees and sea creatures. www.but­ter­fly­won­der­land.com. Loop 101 & Via de Ven­tura Blvd., 480.800.3000. Val­ley Map M19 OUT OF AFRICA Nat­u­ral, spa­cious habi­tats roamed by gi­raffes, ze­bras, wilde­beest, lions, tigers, pan­thers, hye­nas and more are vis­ited and ob­served up-close with a guide; re­cur­ring yet un­pre­dictable shows like Tiger Splash and Preda­tor Feed pro­vide fur­ther in­sight. www.out­o­fafr­ica­park.com. From Phoenix: ap­prox­i­mately 75 min­utes; I-17 north, exit 287 (Hwy. 260), Camp Verde, 928.567.2840. Ari­zona Map M8 PHOENIX ZOO Home to some 1,300 an­i­mals, in­clud­ing 200 en­dan­gered or threat­ened birds, mam­mals and rep­tiles. Vis­i­tor op­tions in­clude a Sa­fari Train with commentary, carousel of en­dan­gered species, and a Dis­cov­ery Farm tai­lored to ages 18 months to five years. www. phoenix­zoo.org. Pa­pago Park, 455 N. Galvin Pkwy., 602.273.1341. Val­ley Map Q18 WILDLIFE WORLD ZOO & AQUAR­IUM The new­est en­hance­ment at this ex­otic-and-aquatic wonderland in the West Val­ley is the 15-acre Sa­fari Park, which em­pha­sizes African lions and birds. Else­where on the prop­erty: a baby an­i­mal nurs­ery, trop­i­cal rep­tiles, gi­raffe and par­rot feed­ing, and rides via train, boat, skyride and carousel. Dil­lon’s Res­tau­rant on-site has shark-tank ex­po­sure and a menu of Kansas City bar­be­cue. www.wildlife­world.com. 16501 W. North­ern Ave., Litch­field Park, 623.935.9453. Val­ley Map L7

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