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Desert Caballeros Western Museum

May 1-31

Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West, through May 8; and Wish You Were Here: Bill Green’s Wickenburg Postcards, through May 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 May 13 

West Valley Arts HQ  

Four female artists working in different mediums highlight their diverse artistic strengths in Variations, through May 13. The show includes works by Donna Heslip, Karen Douglass, Corinne McAuley and Mary Bruns. Call for times and admission prices. 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza, Surprise, westvalleyarts.org, 623-584-2626.  

May 1-29

Cave Creek Museum  

Showcasing an extensive collection of prehistoric and historic artifacts that describe the lives of Native Americans, miners, ranchers and pioneers, the museum closes for the season with a “Cowboy Cocktails” celebration from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. May 29. W-Th, Sa-Su, 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; F, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $5, adults; $3, seniors; $2, students; free, children 12 and younger. 6140 Skyline Dr., Cave Creek, cavecreekmuseum.org, 480-488-2764.

May 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 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.  

May 1-31

ASU Art Museum

Tony Labat: Love Me Two Times, through May 28; Participant: Photographs by Spencer Tunick From the Stéphane Janssen Collection, through May 28; Watertight: Sandra Ramos, through May 28; Between Earth and Sky: Southwest Art in China, through May 28; and Blow Up: New Acquisitions, through Aug. 20. 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.

May 1-31

Desert Caballeros Western Museum

Cowgirl Up! Art from the Other Half of the West, through May 8; and Wish You Were Here: Bill Green’s Wickenburg Postcards, through May 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.  

May 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, 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.  

May 1-31

Heard Museum  

We Are! Arizona’s First People, through May 22; and Personal Journeys: American Indian Landscapes, through Sept. 28. 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. Admission is free for First Friday: Native + You from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. May 6. Rockabilly! is the theme, with the Blue Bird Pinups, artist Isaiah Meders and restored cars in the spotlight.

May 1-31

Mesa Contemporary Arts  

Distant Visions: Apparatus and Ephemera From the Televisor Era, 1884-1928, through May 1; Hat Tip: A Tribute to Arts Philanthropy, through July 31; Threads: Gathering My Thoughts, through Aug. 7; Archive of Rag and Bone, through Aug. 7; El Mac: Aerosol Exalted, May 13-Aug. 7; and Journey and Memory: past the rock, the sun’s gates and the land of dreams, May 13-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.

May 1-31

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.  

May 1-31 

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. The violin takes center stage in Stradivarius: Origins and Legacy of the Greatest Violin Maker, through June 5. Call for times and ticket prices. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000. Guests can celebrate Pacific Island music and culture during Experience Polynesia, May 14-15. The program features music, dance and hands-on activities.

May 1-31

Phippen Museum  

Inspiration to Creation: The Hidden Life Behind Bronze, through July 17; The Golden Age of Cowgirls, through Oct. 9; and 13th Annual Miniature Masterpiece Show & Sale, May 1-28. 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.  

May 1-31

Phoenix Art Museum

Flowers, Fruit, Books, Bones: Still Lifes from the Center for Creative Photography, through May 15; Phoenix Rising: The Valley Collects, through May 29; Super Indian: Fritz Scholder, 1967-1980, through June 5; and Defining Moments: 50 Years of Fashion at Phoenix Art Museum, through Aug. 7. Call for times and admission prices. Admission is free the second Sunday of each month. 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, phxart.org, 602-257-1222.  

May 1-31

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. Dr. Evangeline Parsons-Yazzie, author and professor at Northern Arizona University, presents The Long Walk of the Navajo People, 1864-1868, at 7:30 p.m. May 4.

May 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.  

May 1-31

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art  

Betye Saar: Still Tickin’, through May 1; Permanent Collection/Impermanent Museum, May 14-Oct. 2; and Mel Roman: Coming Out Under Fire, May 21-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.  

May 1-31

Shemer Art Center  

Arizona Sculpture: Two Years Outdoors, through Nov. 1, 2017; and Arizona Clay Association Annual Exhibit, May 5-June 16. Tu-Sa, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Th, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free. 5005 E. Camelback Rd., Phoenix, shemerartcenter.org, 602-262-4727.  

May 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 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.  

May 1-31

Superstition Mountain Museum  

Ted DeGrazia’s original Apache Collection, through June 30. 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.  

May 1-31

Tempe Center for the Arts Gallery  

Merely Players, through May 14; and STEAM, a movement inspired by the popularity of STEM-based education, May 27-Sept. 17. Call for times. Free. 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tempe.gov/tcagallery, 480-350-2822.  

May 1-31

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 p.m.-5 p.m. Free. 809 E. Southern Ave., Tempe, tempe.gov/museum, 480-350-5100.  

May 2-31

Prescott Center for the Arts  

Four Seasons, May 2-June 11. 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.

May 13-31

Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery

 More than 20 Arizona artists have converted fiberglass tortoises into original works for The Tortoise Project & Wild at Art: A Juried Exhibition Featuring All Things Wild and Wonderful, May 13-June 25. The one-of-a-kind creatures will be auctioned off to help support the Vision Gallery’s Vision Kidz Art program. An opening reception takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. May 21. Call for times and admission prices. 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2695.