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Through August 12
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
Black Box, through Aug. 6; Making Waves, through Aug. 6; and Flourish: A Survey of the New Contemporary Movement, through Aug. 12. 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.

Through August 26
Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery
Exposures: An Exhibition of Textile Arts. Call for times and admission prices. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2695.  

Through August 26
Gallery at Tempe Center (FREE)
Biomimicry: nature inspired design. Tu-Th, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; F, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tempe Center for the Arts Gallery, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tempe.gov/tcagallery, 480-350-2867.

August 1-31
ASU Art Museum (FREE)
Dead, Dead, Live, Dead, through Sept. 2; Staying Power, through Sept. 2; Re: Sisters, through Sept. 6; and Pipe Brothers: Tom and James Franco, through Sept. 23. Tu, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; W-Sa, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. ASU Nelson Fine Arts Center, 51 E. 10th St., Tempe, asuartmuseum.asu.edu, 480-965-2787.

August 1-31
Challenger Space Center
Designed to inspire, excite and educate people of all ages about the mysteries and wonders of space, science and the universe in which we live, this world-class complex offers simulated space missions, camps, lectures, classes, stargazing nights and more. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $8, adults; $7, seniors; $6, children 4-12; free, children 3 and younger. 21170 N. 83rd Ave., Peoria, azchallenger.org, 623-322-2001.

August 1-31
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Stormy Weather: Western Atmospheres, through Oct. 8; Having Their Picture Took: Western Portrait Photography Then and Now, through Oct. 29; West of Center: Highlights from the Wickenburg Art Club, through Oct. 29; Arizona Military Memories, through Oct. 29; and How the West Is One: Contemporary Western Art from the Tia Collection, through March 4. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $12, adults; $10, seniors; free, children 17 and younger. 21 N. Frontier St., Wickenburg, westernmuseum.org, 928-684-2272.

August 1-31
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 dating from 1725 to 1969. The National Firefighting Hall of Heroes honors firefighters who died in the line of duty or were decorated for heroism, and another exhibit pays tribute to the firefighters and other rescue workers lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Hands-on exhibits for children also are featured. M-Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $7, adults; $6, seniors; $5, children 6-17; $2, children 3-6. 6101 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, hallofflame.org, 602-275-3473.

August 1-31
Heard Museum
Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera, through Aug. 20; and Over the Edge: Fred Harvey at the Grand Canyon and in the Great Southwest, through Dec. 31. M-Sa, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848.

August 1-31
Mini Time Machine Museum
Dedicated to the preservation and display of antique and contemporary miniatures, the museum showcases more than 275 miniature houses, room boxes and collectibles. Bob Murphy’s Railroad Town, through Aug. 6, features buildings from a typical Western town, scratch-built in model railroad G-scale; and Rudy Flores and Teresa Estrella: Cultural Army of Tucson, through Aug. 27, includes more than 200 3-D printed figures of community members in the style of green plastic toy soldiers. Tu-Sa, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. Call for ticket prices. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr., Tucson, theminitimemachine.org, 520-881-0606. 

August 1-31
Musical Instrument Museum Dragons and Vines: Inlaid Guitar Masterpieces, through Sept. 4, showcases more than 30 instruments with incredible inlay by North America’s finest artists and luthiers. Call for times and ticket prices. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000. Experience the Andes, Aug. 5-6, celebrates music and culture from the longest mountain range in the world, which extends through Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. The program features live musical performances and hands-on activities.

August 1-31
Phippen Museum  
Olaf Wieghorst’s West, through Aug. 27; and Fourth Annual Hold Your Horses! Invitational Exhibition & Sale, Aug. 5-Sept. 24. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 1-4 p.m. $7, adults; $5, students; free, children 12 and younger. 4701 Hwy. 89 North, Prescott, phippenartmuseum.org, 928-778-1385.  

August 1-31
Phoenix Art Museum
Good Sport, through Sept. 3; Contemporary Forum Artists Grant Winners, through Sept. 17; Longer Ways to Go: Photography of the American Road, through Oct. 15; Virtue and Valor: Sikh Art and Heritage, through Nov. 5; Selections from the Schorr Collection, through April 25; Philip C. Curtis: The New Deal and American Regionalism, through May 20; Border Crossings, through May 25; and A Tribute to James Galanos, Aug. 19-Jan. 7. Call for times and ticket prices. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org, 602-257-1222. 

August 1-31
Pueblo Grande Museum 
One World, Many Voices: The Artistry of Canyon Records, through Aug. 31. M-Sa, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Su, 1-4:45 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.

August 1-31
River of Time Museum
Guests learn about water and its ongoing role in shaping Arizona, plus the future of water sustainability in the desert, with exhibits focusing on Fountain Hills, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and Verde communities. Call for times. $5, adults; $4, seniors; $3, children 5-12. 12901 N. La Montana Blvd., Fountain Hills, riveroftimemuseum.org, 480-837-2612.

August 1-31
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
I’m Sorry But It’s Hard to Imagine, through Sept. 10; Visions ’17, through Sept. 17; Ocean of Light: Submergence – A Squidsoup Project, through Sept. 24; and (dis)functional: Products of Conceptual Design, through Sept. 24. 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.

August 1-31
Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
Grand Canyon Grandeur, through Dec. 31; The Scottsdale Craftsmen: A 70-Year Legacy, through Jan. 7; Marjorie Thomas: Arizona Art Pioneer, through Jan. 7; and The Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History, through Sept. 30, 2018. Tu-W, F-Sa, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Th, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $13, adults; $11, seniors; $8, students and children 6-17. 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, scottsdalemuseumwest.org, 480-686-9539.

August 1-31
Shemer Art Center (FREE)
Shemer Student & Instructor Exhibit, through Sept. 7; and Arizona Outdoor Sculpture Showcase, through Nov. 1. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, shemerartcenter.org, 602-262-4727.

August 1-31
Smoki Museum
A historic replica of an ancient pueblo, the museum features pottery, tools, clothing, baskets and more from several Southwestern cultures. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, 1-4 p.m. $7, adults; $6, seniors; $5, students; free, children 11 and younger. 147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott, smokimuseum.org, 928-445-1230.

August 1-31
Tempe History Museum (FREE)
Trains of Tempe, through Oct. 8, focuses on themes of transportation and transformation. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 1-5 p.m. 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, tempe.gov/museum, 480-350-5100.