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Desert Caballeros Western Museum
Saddles That Shaped the West, through Oct. 2; Route 66: Recent Creations, Retro Collections, through Oct. 2; Marjorie Thomas: Arizona Art Pioneer (1885-1978), through Nov. 27; and Follow the Thread: Quilts from the Museum’s Permanent Collection, through Dec. 31. 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.
Through August 7
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum
Threads: Gathering My Thoughts, Archive of Rag and Bone, El Mac: Aerosol Exalted and Journey and Memory: past the rock, the sun’s gates and the land of dreams, all through Aug. 7. 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 18
West Valley Arts HQ
Sage Brushes, through Aug. 18, showcases pieces by more than a dozen female artists working in a variety of media. Call for times and admission prices. 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, westvalleyarts.org, 623-584-2626.
Through August 20
Prescott Center for the Arts
Artist’s Vision, through Aug. 20. M, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. Free. 208 N. Marina St., Prescott, pca-az.net, 928-445-3286.
ASU Art Museum
Breach: Log 16, through Aug. 6; Blow Up: New Acquisitions, through Aug. 20; Crafting the Collection, through Sept. 3; The New Animist, through Sept. 3; Encounter: Better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all, through Nov. 26; and The Brandywine Workshop Collection, through Dec. 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.
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 space missions, camps, lectures, classes, stargazing nights and more. 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, 623-322-2001.
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. $7, adults; $6, seniors; $5, children 6-17; $2, children 3-6. 6101 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, hallofflame.org, 602-275-3473.
Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings, through Sept. 5; Personal Journeys: American Indian Landscapes, through Sept. 28; and It’s Your Turn: A Home Studio, through Dec. 4. M-Sa, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Call for ticket prices; admission is free Aug. 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, heard.org, 602-252-8848. The museum is part of the Blue Star Museum Initiative, which offers free admission for all active-duty military personnel and their families, through Sept. 5.
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. Call for ticket prices. 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr., Tucson, theminitimemachine.org, 520-881-0606.
Museum of Northern Arizona
Curt Walters: A Retrospective, through Nov. 1. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, noon-5 p.m. Call for admission prices. 3101 N. Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff, musnaz.org, 928-774-5213.
Musical Instrument Museum
Thousands of instruments and artifacts from around the world, plus live performances are in the spotlight. Advanced wireless technology and high-resolution video screens enable guests to see the instruments, hear their sounds and observe them being played in their original settings. Call for times and ticket prices. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000. Guests can celebrate Brazilian music and culture during Experience Brazil, Aug. 6-7; and the “King of Rock and Roll” with Musical Icon: Elvis from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 13.
The Golden Age of Cowgirls, through Oct. 9. 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
Defining Moments: 50 Years of Fashion at Phoenix Art Museum, through Aug. 7; Edward Burtynsky: Water, through Sept. 18; Here and Abroad: Photographs by David Taylor, through Oct. 16; and Ducks, Eggs and Fish: Works by Martin Fan Cheng, through Nov. 6. Call for times and ticket prices. Admission is free the second Sunday of each month. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org, 602-257-1222.
Pueblo Grande Museum
Desertscapes: Narrative Landscape Photography by Wayne Norton, through Aug. 31. M-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 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
Public Trust: It’s About What We Do, through Sept. 18; southwestNET Sama Alshaibi: Silsila, through Sept. 18; Permanent Collection/Impermanent Museum, through Oct. 2; and Mel Roman: Coming Out Under Fire, through Oct. 2. 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
Reflections of Arizona, through Aug. 4; Arizona Sculpture: Two Years Outdoors, through Nov. 1, 2017; and Instructor and Student Exhibition, Aug. 11-Sept. 8. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Th, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Free. 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.
Superstition Mountain Museum
Original paintings by Ted DeGrazia (1909-1982) are on display in DeGrazia’s Prospectors and Burros, through May 31. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. $5, adults; $4, seniors; free, children 17 and younger. 4087 N. Apache Trail, Apache Junction, superstitionmountainmuseum.org, 480-983-4888.
Tempe Center for the Arts Gallery
STEAM, a movement inspired by the popularity of STEM-based education, through Sept. 17. Call for times. Free. 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tempe.gov/tcagallery, 480-350-2822.
Tempe History Museum
Legend City, through Oct. 2, includes hundreds of pieces from the family amusement park, from ticket stubs and character costumes to the dummy used by ventriloquist and Miss America 1965 Vonda Kay Van Dyke in her on-site act. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 1-5 p.m. Free. 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, tempe.gov/museum, 480-350-5100.