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ASU Art Museum
Recorded Matter: Ceramics in Motion, through July 11; Family Matters, through Aug. 1; State of Exception, through Aug. 8; Big Al: Larger Than Life, through Aug. 22; Yoshua Okón: Oracle, July 2-Aug 22; and Found(ing) Story: The Oliver B. James Collection, July 11-Nov. 14. Tu, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; W-Sa, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. The museum hosts its annual Family Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 11, featuring dozens of hands-on art-making stations, interactive performances and workshops. 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, 623-322-2012.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
A Piece of the Enchanted Land: Ceramic Creations from New Mexico Pueblos, through Jan. 3. West of Center: A Community-Curated Event, featuring works by members of the Wickenburg Art Club, opens with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 24. The exhibit continues through Sept. 27, with free lectures or artist demonstrations taking place from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. 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.
Time Exposures: A Photographic History of Isleta Pueblo in the 19th Century, through Sept. 27; Loloma: Expressions in Metal, Ink and Clay, through Oct. 4; Beautiful Games: American Indian Sport and Art, through Nov. 29; and The Houser/Haozous Family: Celebrating a Century, through April 3. 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. The museum is part of the Blue Star Museum Initiative, which offers free general admission for all active-duty military personnel and their families, through Sept. 7.
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 Seattle Series, ARTillery, Vantage Point, Patched and Docents Select V: Works from the Permanent Collection, all through Aug. 16. 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. Miniatures from the Mind’s Eye of Ric Maledon, through Aug. 2, showcases small-scale paintings and miniatures by the Tucson-based artist. 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 Oct. 11, 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. “Experience France,” July 11-12, celebrates French music and culture in honor of Bastille Day, with musical performances and hands-on activities. Call for times and ticket prices. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
Happy Birthday, George! 100 Years of Inspiration, through July 19, commemorates the 100th birthday of George Phippen, the museum’s namesake and first president of the Cowboy Artists of America. Offering a comprehensive presentation of Phippen’s drawings, paintings and sculpture, the exhibit also provides a rare glimpse at sketches never before seen by the public. Guests enjoy free admission and birthday cake on July 11, the artist’s birthday. Art & Heritage of the Cowboy Artists, through Aug. 16, explores the beginning and history of Cowboy Artists of America, with more than 75 pieces of artwork from members past and present. 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
Pattern Play: The Contemporary Designs of Jacqueline Groag, through Aug. 9; Hidden Histories in Latin American Art, through Aug. 23; From New York to New Mexico: Masterworks of American Modernism from the Vilcek Foundation Collection, through Sept. 7; One-of-a-Kind: Unique Photographic Objects from the Center for Creative Photography, through Oct. 19; and American and European Art of the 1920s and ’30s, through Nov. 15. Call for times and admission prices. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org, 602-257-1222.
Vistas & Visions of the Colorado Plateau, through Jan. 31, is a solo exhibition for Ron Larson, who creates watercolor and oil paintings inspired by the landscape and natural beauty of the Colorado Plateau region. M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sa, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $5, adults; $3, seniors; $1, children 5-15. 6 N. Lake Powell Blvd., Page, powellmuseum.org, 928-645-9496.
Prescott Center for the Arts
Street Seen, through Aug. 15, focuses on the buildings, cars, people, sidewalks, landscapes, alleys, colors, graffiti and light found on the streets on which we travel. Guests can meet the artists at a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 3. 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.
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. The museum celebrates Independence Day with $4 admission, through July 3. 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
MetaModern, through Aug. 30; Collective Dissent: The SMS Portfolios, through Sept. 13; Jennifer Marman and Daniel Borins: The Collaborationists, through Sept. 13; and Visions ’15, through Sept. 20. 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
Process and Materiality: The Bronze Artistry of John Coleman with Erik Petersen, through Sept. 30; Fine Art of the American West: People and Places, through Sept. 30; Will James: Cowboy Artist and Author, through Sept. 30; and Inspirational Journey: The Story of Lewis and Clark, featuring artwork by Charles Fritz, through May 31. 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.
Sharlot Hall Museum
Law ’n’ Order, through Feb. 28, salutes the men and women of the sheriff’s office from Prescott’s territorial days to the present. The exhibit includes weapons from all eras of law enforcement, antique handcuffs and leg irons, an 1800s jail cell door, an early “breathalyzer” and a Prohibition-era moonshine still. M-Sa, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $7, adults; $6, seniors; free, children. 415 W. Gurley St., Prescott, sharlot.org, 928-445-3122.
Shemer Art Center
Eye to Eye, through Aug. 6, features works by Eye Lounge Cooperative artists: Cherie Buck-Hutchison, Turner G. Davis, Mimi Jardine, Keith Laber, Constance McBride, Merkel McLendon, Abbey Messmer, Teresa Moralez, John Randall Nelson, and Christina You-Sun Park. 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.
Lloyd Kiva New, through Sept. 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 History Museum
The Tempe Sound, through Oct. 5, tells the story of music in Tempe with hundreds of pieces of music paraphernalia honoring such groups as The Refreshments, St. Madness, and Walt Richardson and the Morningstar Band. 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.