Phoenix Art MuseumI went on an adventure to the Phoenix Art Museum with my boyfriend, a place I haven’t visited since I was in middle school. With compelling exhibits and a great location, this is a fun way to beat the heat. Incorporate your five senses while enjoying the variety of artists and mediums that provide the perfect summer distraction.

As I made my way through the museum, I was amazed by the variety of mediums that make up the galleries and collections of the museum. The artwork was not only impressive, but the unique textures seem to come alive in your imagination — almost as though you could almost feel it just by examining the piece. Clearly the desire to feel these textures must be something natural in viewing some of the exhibits because there were numerous signs reminding visitors not to touch.

PAMAlthough I did not physically touch the artwork, the sense of touch seemed to be simulated because of how detailed the artwork was, especially when I was examining “The Sea” exhibit, which allows the visitor to appreciate the variety of design and color of old-fashioned clothing. The details and style differ far from our own modern clothing but provide the basis for how fashion has developed. Whether your interpretation of old-fashioned clothing stems from classic movies or Mickey Mouse cartoons, the unique outfits provide you with something at which to marvel.

Some of the exhibits, such as one that utilized dark wood, had a smell that changed my perspective on the exhibit. The more I examined and inhaled the aroma, I began to consider different interpretations of the artwork. However, not all the exhibits provide a smell that made an impression, but a few that did challenged the visitor to create an interpretation.

PAMRegarding the senses, let me make it clear that I did not taste any artwork, but passing by the restaurant Palette is as close as you can get. With Arizona wines and beers, it makes it the perfect way to end your trip.

Collections and galleries I encountered on my visit include: American, Western American, PhxARtKIDS, Art of Philip C. Curtis, Asian, European, Thorne Miniature Rooms, Latin American, Fashion Design, and Modern & Contemporary. Other amenities offered are the Palette restaurant, tours and a museum store.

Spending my afternoon in the Phoenix Art Museum provided me with an experience I never thought possible. It had me utilizing my senses, wondering what the smooth or shiny textures would feel like. Throw yourself into the world of art that utilizes almost any medium imagined and be amazed on how you react. From paintings, sculptures, lights, music and so much more, visit a truly magical place.

For more information about the Phoenix Art Museum, including hours and admission prices, please visit

Phoenix Art Museum
1625 N. Central Ave.
Phoenix, AZ 85004
NEC Central Avenue & McDowell Road
(602) 257-1222