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Through December 21
West Valley Arts HQ (FREE)
West Valley Students Under 21. Tu-Th, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; F, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, westvalleyarts.org, 623-584-2626.
Arizona Capitol Museum (FREE)
Renegades: Arizona Undammed Rivers, through Dec. 27, features paintings by landscape artist Tony Winters that portray the Upper Verde and San Pedro, Arizona’s last remaining wild rivers; and The Merci Train Exhibit: An Arizona French Connection, through spring 2019, celebrates the 70th anniversary of the boxcar’s arrival in Arizona and a glimpse of its contents, including books, toys, pottery, tableware, paintings and artwork. M-F, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sa, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, azlibrary.gov/azcm, 602-926-3620.
Arizona Heritage Center
Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors, through Dec. 29, featuring works by former President George W. Bush; and 2017 Historymakers, through Sept. 30. 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. A “Fireside Chat” with Col. Jay R. Vargas, a Medal of Honor recipient, takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 8.
ASU Art Museum (FREE)
Euan MacDonald: A Bigger Plan, through Dec. 1; Yuri Kobayashi: Indwelling, through Dec. 8; Pop/Funk: Warhol and Frey, through Dec. 29; and Guillermo Faivovich and Nicolás Goldberg: Decomiso, through May 4. 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.
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. New this year are paintings by Sharon Moon Brening and Cowboys Don’t Do Lunch: The Photographs of Herb Cohen. W-Th, Sa-Su, 1-4:30 p.m.; F, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $7, adults; $5, seniors; 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. 8; and enjoy a talk by Brening at 2 p.m. Dec. 15.
Desert Caballeros Western Museum
On the Homefront: Raising Dollars and Doughboys, through Dec. 2; Desert Caballeros Express, Dec. 1-Jan. 13; Wagons West, Dec. 8-March 10; John Coleman: Bronze and Beyond, Dec. 14-March 10; and One Trader’s Legacy: Steve Getzwiller Collects the West, through Sept. 29. 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.
Gallery at TCA (FREE)
Monster Stories, through Jan. 5, celebrates the 200th anniversary of the novel, Frankenstein, by exploring the monster genre in popular culture, literature, mythology and the idea of the “other” in society. The exhibit includes works from local and national artists, plus toys and memorabilia from private collections. Tu-Th, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; F, 10 a.m.-7:30 p.m.; Sa, 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tempe.gov/tcagallery, 480-350-2867.
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 gallery is dedicated to the history of wildland firefighting in the U.S. Hands-on exhibits for children also are featured. M-Sa, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, noon-4 p.m. $10, adults; $8, seniors and students 6-17; $4, children 3-5. 6101 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix, hallofflame.org, 602-275-3473.
Awa Tsireh: Pueblo Painter and Metalsmith, through Jan. 6; Yua: Henri Matisse and the Inner Arctic Spirit, through Feb. 3; A Land North: Works from the Heard Museum Collection, through Feb. 3; and Sonwai: The Jewelry of Verma Nequatewa, through March 10. 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
Ko Mo – Not Knowing: Joe Willie Smith, through Jan. 6; Eras of Jazz – The Visual: Reyes Padilla, through Jan. 6; Crazy Vibes and Thangs: Frank Morrison, through Jan. 13; and Jazz It Up! Jazz Inspired Art from Today, through Jan. 20. 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 diminutive houses, room boxes and collectibles. Connie Sauve: Miniatures from the IGMA Guild School, through Dec. 16; Power: A Closer Look at Queens Throughout History, through Jan. 13; and Automata: Miniature Mechanized Narratives, through Jan. 27. 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. The Electric Guitar: Inventing an American Icon, through Sept. 15, shares the untold story of the invention of the electric guitar, an instrument that revolutionized music and popular culture forever. Call for times and ticket prices. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
Local Color, through Feb. 17; and Embrace the Struggle: Chris Navarro, Dec. 1-April 21. 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
Warriors in World War I, through Dec. 2; Saintly Soldiers of the Sikh Faith, through Dec. 2; Present Tense: Selections from the Lenhardt Collection, through Dec. 16; Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire, through Jan. 27; Rauschenberg and Johns: The Blurring of Art and Life, through Feb. 17; Early American Modernism: The Decade of the Armory Show, through March 17; Western Art Associates: Celebrating 50 Years, through March 17; and Philip C. Curtis and the Landscapes of Arizona, through March 17. 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 6-12. 12901 N. La Montana Blvd., Fountain Hills, rotmuseum.org, 480-837-2612.
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
Nkame: A Retrospective of Cuban Printmaker Belkis Ayón (1967-1999), through Jan. 20; Double Agents: Carla Fernández and Pedro Reyes, through Feb. 3; and Artists’ Children, through Feb. 3. Call for times and admission prices. 7374 E. Second St., Scottsdale, smoca.org, 480-874-4666.
Scottsdale’s Museum of the West
New Acquisitions from the Herberger Collection, through Dec. 30; Confluence of Cultures in the American West: A Selection of Contemporary Artists from the Peterson Collection, through Jan. 13; Charles M. Russell: The Women in His Life and Art, through April 14; and New Beginnings: An American Story of Romantics and Modernists in the West, through Sept. 22. Tu- Sa, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (Th until 9:30 p.m.); Su, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $15, adults; $13, seniors; $8, students and children 6-17. 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, scottsdalemuseumwest.org, 480-686-9539.
Shemer Art Center (FREE)
Holiday Highlights, through Jan. 3, features artworks focusing on special memories and celebrations of the holidays. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-3 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 Museum (FREE)
Four photographers share informal portraits and short interviews of random folks on the streets of the city in Humans of Tempe, through March 24. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Su, 1-5 p.m. 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, tempe.gov/museum, 480-350-5100.