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Alwun House (FREE)
Gallery lights are off as each work emits its own illumination in Lighthouse, Dec. 1-Jan. 5. The eclectic electric exhibit includes functional to conceptual pieces that glow, flicker, flash and shine. Tu-F, noon-6 p.m. 1204 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, alwunhouse.org, 602-253-7887.
ASU Art Museum (FREE)
Material Beauty: Encounter with Nathan Newman, through Dec. 9; Soul Mining, through Dec. 30; Poros, through Jan. 20; and Terrestrial, through Feb. 3. 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.
AZ Heritage Center
Footprints in the Desert: Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona, through March 31; and 2017 Historymakers, through Sept. 30, 2019. M-Th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; F-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $12, adults; $10, seniors; $8, children 7-17; free, children 6 and younger. 1300 N. College Ave., Tempe, arizonahistoricalsociety.org/museums/tempe, 480-929-0292.
Cave Creek Museum
The museum showcases an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that chronicle the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers. The Photography of Edward Curtis, through May 31. W-Th, Sa-Su, 1-4:30 p.m.; F, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $5, adults; $3, seniors and students ages 12-18; free, children 11 and younger. 6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek, cavecreekmuseum.org, 480-488-2764. Guests can see the Golden Reef Stamp Mill in action at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 9, followed by a family workshop with holiday crafts and cookies to decorate from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery
Art Quilts XXII, through Jan. 5. Call for times and admission prices. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2695.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
How the West Is One: Contemporary Western Art from the Tia Collection, through March 4; All Over the Map: The Picerne Collection of Arizona Landmark Art, through March 4; One Trader’s Legacy: Steve Getzwiller Collects the West, through June 3; and Holiday Trains, Dec. 2-Jan. 14. M-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.
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.
Over the Edge: Fred Harvey at the Grand Canyon and in the Great Southwest, through Dec. 31; Of God and Mortal Men: Masterworks by T.C. Cannon from the Nancy and Richard Bloch Collection, through April 15; and Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith, through July 1. 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.
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
The Dusk Parade: Joe Sorren, through Jan. 7; After Party: Julie Heffernan, through Jan. 14; and Slang Aesthetics: Robert Williams, through Jan. 21. 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 showcases more than 275 miniature houses, room boxes and collectibles. James Heuser: Wee Woodworking, through Dec. 17; and George Stuart Historical Figures: Early Works from the Hernandez Family Collection, through Jan. 21. 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.
Musical Instrument Museum
Thousands of instruments and artifacts from around the world, plus live performances make MIM a music-lover’s dream. Ancient Musical Treasures from Central China: Harmony of the Ancients from the Henan Museum, through May 6. Call for times and ticket prices. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000. “Experience Scandinavia,” Dec. 2-3, celebrates Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland with musical performances, traditional dances and hands-on crafts. Holiday-themed activities and music are on tap Dec. 16-17 in “’Tis the Season: Holidays at MIM.”
Kids, Colts & Calves, through Jan. 21; and Western Treasures of the Phoenix Art Museum, through Feb. 18. 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.
Phoenix Art Museum
Past/Future/Present: Contemporary Brazilian Art from the Museum of Modern Art, São Paulo, through Dec. 31; A Tribute to James Galanos, through Jan. 7; Sheila Pepe: Hot Mess Formalism, through Jan. 28; Infinite Light: A Photographic Meditation on Tibet, through Feb. 18; Alexander Calder: An Outburst of Color, through April 1; Warriors in World War I, through April 15; Selections from the Schorr Collection, through April 25; Prints and People, through May 1; Philip C. Curtis: The New Deal and American Regionalism, through May 20; Border Crossings, through May 25; and The Logic of the Copy, Dec. 2-April 22. Call for times and ticket prices. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org, 602-257-1222.
Pueblo Grande Museum
Find out how archaeologists rediscover history from pieces of pottery in Fragments: Broken Bowls Tell More Tales, 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.
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.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Marking the Infinite: Contemporary Women Artists from Aboriginal Australia, through Jan. 21; and Repositioning Paolo Soleri: The City Is Nature, through Jan. 28. 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.
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; The Rennard Strickland Collection of Western Film History, through Sept. 30; and Canvas of Clay: Hopi Pottery Masterworks From the Allan and Judith Cooke Collection, through Dec. 31, 2019. 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.
Shemer Art Center (FREE)
Silica Soliloquies: Stories in Glass, through Jan. 6. 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.
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.
Tempe History Museumc (FREE)
Jan Young: Photographing Tempe in the 1970s, through March 24, provides a glimpse of the community through the lens of the iconic staff photographer for the Tempe Daily News. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 1-5 p.m. 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, tempe.gov/museum, 480-350-5100.