Through October 4
Challenger Space Center
They Came from Outer Space, through Oct. 4, examines the life and work of Geoff Notkin, author, explorer, science writer, meteorite specialist, photographer and host of TV's hit series, Meteorite Men. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8, adults; $7, seniors; $6, children 3-12; free, children 2 and younger. 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, azchallenger.org, 623-322-2012.
Through October 5
Tempe History Museum
Members of the Tempe Artists Guild portray the people and animals of Arizona through paintings and drawings in Go Figure, through Oct. 5. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Free. 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, tempe.gov/museum, 480-350-5100.
Through October 26
Hold Your Horses, through Oct. 26, is an invitational exhibition and sale featuring artwork focused entirely on the horse. Kathy Quick Anderson, Steve Atkinson, Buckeye Blake, Teal Blake, Karen Cooper, Fred Fellows, Curt Mattson, Gerry Metz, Bill Nebeker, Sarah Phippen, Cynthia Rigden, Robert "Shoofly" Shufelt, Wei Tai, and Don Weller are among the featured artists. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. $7, adults; $5, students; free, children 12 and younger. 4701 Hwy. 89 North, Prescott, phippenartmuseum.org, 928-778-1385.
Arizona Historical Society Museum
Above and Beyond: Arizona and the Medal of Honor, through Nov. 2. Featuring five actual Medals of Honor earned by a diverse mix of military service members, the exhibit tells Arizona's history with the award, which is associated with iconic names like Geronimo, Cochise and Frank Luke Jr. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $5, adults; $4, seniors and students; free, children 11 and younger. Arizona Historical Society Museum, 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe, azmoh.org, 480-929-9499.
ASU Art Museum
These Are Some of My Favorite Things, through Oct. 4; In Solitude, Where We Are Least Alone, through Nov. 8; Shifting Sands: Recent Videos From the Middle East, through Nov. 29; Richard Walker: the predicament of always (as we are), through Jan. 3; and Trout Fishing in America and Other Stories, Oct. 4-Jan. 17. Tu, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; W-Sa, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, asuartmuseum.asu.edu, 480-965-2787.
Cave Creek Museum
The museum reopens for the season Oct. 1, showcasing an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. New displays this year include Saddle Up and Arizona's Greatest Battle. W-Th, Sa-Su, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; F, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $5, adults; $3, seniors; $2, students. 6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek, cavecreekmuseum.org, 480-488-2764.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Treasures Seldom Seen: Art & Artifacts from the Museum's Permanent Collection, through Oct. 5; Living in the Desert: Decisions and Consequences, through Jan. 4; Sharing the West: The Tia Collection, through March 1; Is It Western?: Far From Somewhere, Paintings by Doug Smith, Oct. 18-Dec. 14; and Top Hand – The Working Cowboy, Oct. 18-March 1. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $7.50, adults; $6, seniors; free, youth 16 and younger. 21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg, westernmuseum.org, 928-684-2272.
Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting
Fire history exhibits cover nearly an acre, including more than 90 fully restored pieces of fire apparatus from around the world, as well as the National Firefighting Hall of Heroes honoring firefighters who have died in the line of duty or who have been decorated for heroism, a memorial to the firefighters and other rescue workers lost on 9/11, a large fire safety exhibit that includes a two-room safety house, and many hands-on exhibits for children. M-Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $6, adults; $5, seniors; $4, children 6-17; $1.50, children 3-6. 6101 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, hallofflame.org, 602-275-3473.
Chocolate, Chile and Cochineal, through Nov. 2; That's the Way I Like It, through Feb. 8; The Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century, through April 26; and Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison, Oct. 25-Jan. 11. M-Sa, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for admission prices. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848.
House of Broadcasting
Dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history, personalities and paraphernalia of radio and TV in Arizona. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. 7150 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale, houseofbroadcasting.com, 602-944-1997.
Mesa Contemporary Arts
The Ringmaster: Phillip Curtis' Circus Act, through Nov. 30; Still Moving: Imagining the Circus in a New Way, through Dec. 7; Circus Today: Pencil Drawings by Mark McDowell, through Jan. 4; Ten-in-One: Contemporary Art Goes Circus!, through Jan. 25; and Sideshow: Luster Kaboom, through Jan. 25. Tu-W, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th-Sa, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. $3.50; free, children 7 and younger. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Mini Time Machine Museum
Dedicated to the preservation and display of antique and contemporary miniatures, the museum features more than 275 miniature houses, room boxes and collectibles. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr., Tucson, theminitimemachine.org, 520-881-0606.
Phoenix Art Museum
Quiet Rage, Gentle Wail: Prints and Masks of Japanese Noh Theatre, through Nov. 16; Paulo Bruscky: Art Is Our Last Hope, through Dec. 28; and Sacred Stories & Images of the Buddha: The Vessantara Jataka Scroll, through March 8; The Resonance of Clay, through April 1; Focus Latin America: Art Is Our Last Hope, Oct. 1-Nov. 2; and Don Coen: The Migrant Series, Oct. 18-Feb. 1. Call for times and admission prices. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org, 602-257-1222.
Pueblo Grande Museum
This national historic landmark is built around a Hohokam mound that overlooks the source of more than 600 miles of canals built by these prehistoric people, with exhibits and hands-on activities, plus full-scale reproductions of Hohokam homes. A lecture on Early Archaeological Excavations of the Pueblo Grande Site by Dr. Todd Bostwick, who has conducted archaeological research in the Southwest for 35 years, takes place at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. $6, adults; $5, seniors; $3, children 6-17; free, children 5 and younger. The museum celebrates International Archaeology Day, Oct. 18, with free admission. 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0900.
River of Time Museum
Guests can trace the steps of ancient people who passed through the area, with exhibits focusing on Fort McDowell, Fountain Hills, the Yavapai people, and Four Peaks Amethyst Mine. Call for times. $3, adults; $2, seniors; $1, children 5-12. 12901 N. La Montana Blvd., Fountain Hills, riveroftimemuseum.org, 480-837-2612.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns, through Jan. 11; and Spy Studio, through Jan. 25. W, F-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. $7, adults; $5, students; free, children 15 and younger; free admission on Thursdays. 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-874-4666.
Shemer Art Center
Pushing Paper, through Oct. 9; and Materialize: 3-D Printing and Rapid Prototyping in Art + Design, Oct. 16-Nov. 27. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Th, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. 5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, 602-262-4727.
Paintings by Peterson Yazzie are featured in Between Worlds, through Nov. 30. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. $7, adults; $6, seniors; $5, students; free, children 11 and younger. 147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott, smokimuseum.org, 928-445-1230.
Tempe Center for the Arts Gallery
Taking place during the seven-year anniversary of Tempe Center for the Arts, TCA Biennial: Copper, Oct. 3-Jan. 24, features works on copper and art made of copper – a traditional material for seventh-anniversary celebrations. Call for times. Free. 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tempe.gov/tcagallery, 480-350-2822.