These Phoenix museums have free admission this summer


With the Phoenix heat doing what it does best, indoors might feel like the best place to be this summer. 

It can be fun and affordable, too. 

Several museums offer free admission every day. Some offer it in conjunction with special events such as First Fridays. Others have free hours on specific days.

This list includes something for just about everyone, from the Phoenix Art Museum and Mesa Arts Center to the Children’s Museum of Phoenix and the Penske Racing Museum. 

Here is your guide to museums throughout metro Phoenix where you can get in free. 

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Phoenix Art Museum 

Guests can attend the Phoenix Art Museum for free between 3 and 9 p.m. Wednesdays in June, July and August. Admission is also free from 4 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month. 

Details: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 602-257-1880,

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Jose Villalobos, QueeRiders, 2022. Mixed media. Courtesy of the artist. Installation view of Desert Rider, 2022, Phoenix Art Museum.

Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Whether you want to be outside or indoors, or your child is 3 or 10, this museum has you covered. Kids can visit the Children’s Museum of Phoenix for free from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month.

Details: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. 215 N. Seventh St., Phoenix. $16; free for age 1 and younger. 602-253-0501,

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Heard Museum

Hoop dancers from around the country compete in the Heard Museum contest.

The Heard Museum offers free admission from 6 to 10 p.m. on First Fridays and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the fourth Sunday of the month from June through September.  American Indians receive free admission daily with I.D. 

Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays. Closed Mondays. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $9-$20.  602-252-8840,

Musical Instrument Museum 

Phoenix has the largest musical instrument museum in the world, with instruments from more than 200 countries and regions. July is Educator Appreciation Month and all educators can visit for free with ID.


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