ASU Art Museum
Richard Walker: the predicament of always (as we are), through Jan. 3; Trout Fishing in America and Other Stories, through Jan. 17; and Architecture for Place: Glenn Murcutt Exhibition and Studio, Dec. 20-April 4. 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 features an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. 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
Is It Western?: Far From Somewhere, Paintings by Doug Smith, through Dec. 14; Living in the Desert: Decisions and Consequences, through Jan. 4; Sharing the West: The Tia Collection, through March 1; Top Hand – The Working Cowboy, through March 1; Collecting the West: Inspiration to Creation – The Hidden Life Behind Bronze, through March 1; and The Next West: Innovating Tradition, Dec. 20-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.
Modern Spirit: The Art of George Morrison, through Jan. 11; That’s the Way I Like It, through Feb. 8; The Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century, through April 30, 2016; and Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art, Dec. 20-Nov. 29, 2015. 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
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.
Musical Instrument Museum
Beyond the Beat: Drums of the World, through June 21, explores drum construction, performance techniques, and the immeasurable and cultural significance of drums around the world. The exhibit also looks at differing concepts of rhythm in Asia, Africa and the Americas, and the role of drums in rituals, military events and even as systems of nonverbal communication. Norwegian music and culture are in the spotlight during Experience Norway, Dec. 6-7. Call for times and ticket prices. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
Docents Select Exhibition, through Feb. 8; and Click – The West Through the Lens, through Feb. 22. 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.
Phoenix Art Museum
Paulo Bruscky: Art Is Our Last Hope, through Dec. 28; The West Select: A Western Art Invitational Sale and Exhibition, through Dec. 28; Don Coen: The Migrant Series, through Feb. 1; Vanitas: Contemporary Reflections on Love and Death From the Collection of Stéphane Janssen, through Feb. 8; All That Glitters Is Not Gold, through March 1; Sacred Stories & Images of the Buddha: The Vessantara Jataka Scroll, through March 8; Fashioned in America, through March 15; The Resonance of Clay, through April 1; and Stories of Europe, through April 19. Call for times and admission prices. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org, 602-257-1222.
Pueblo Grande Museum
Supply and Demand: Hohokam Pottery Production, through Aug. 31, features new research on the Hohokam, which reveals a remarkable economy that relied on the production and distribution of goods at a scale that challenges how we think about prehistoric exchange patterns. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. $6, adults; $5, seniors; $3, children 6-17; free, children 5 and younger. 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, pueblogrande.com, 602-495-0901.
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.
Superstition Mountain Museum
Ted DeGrazia’s Superstition Collection, through April 9, features 28 original paintings and numerous sketches depicting the history, legends and landmarks of the Superstition Mountains. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. $5, adults; $4, seniors; $2, students. 4087 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, superstitionmountainmuseum.org, (480) 983-4888.
Tempe Center for the Arts Gallery
Taking place during the seven-year anniversary of Tempe Center for the Arts, TCA Biennial: Copper, through 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.
Tempe History Museum
AZ Rock Star Gold Series, through Jan. 25; and The Tempe Sound, 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.
Shemer Art Center
Artistic Layers: Collage & Assembly, Dec. 4-Jan. 1, celebrates collage, photomontage and decoupage. The juried show includes works created by Arizona artists in wood, paper and other materials. 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.
Petersen House Museum
Now converted into a museum, one of Tempe’s oldest residences opens each December as the Victorian mansion is filled with Danish Christmas decorations and traditions of the holiday. Free storytelling on Sundays. Sa, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Su, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Free. 1414 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, tempe.gov/museum, 480-350-5100.
An Essential Relationship: Amateurs and Professionals in Central Arizona Archaeology, Dec. 6-May 31. 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