The Valley of the Sun lives up to its name all year round, but especially during the hot summer months. Fortunately, it’s easy to find an interesting indoor retreat where you can keep your cool.

On top of shopping malls and movie theaters, Phoenix and Scottsdale offer a host of cultural activities that are sure to guide you through a unique experience. Local museums include art displays, science exhibits, and hands-on installations. But before you start to feel overwhelmed, we’ve handpicked the five most inspired cultural centers close to our Aderra Condominiums.

Phoenix Art Museum

The Phoenix Art Museum has a blend of contemporary and historic pieces, with everything from Asian and European art collections to black and white photography. Past exhibits have included paintings depicting Sikh art and heritage, photography from American road trips, and light displays in motion. A great experience always awaits.

Admission Cost: Adults $18, Seniors $15, Children $9, Under 5 Free

Address: 1625 N.Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004

Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum

This free museum is located in the Mesa Arts Center, where you can also witness theater and educational lectures. Exhibits include abstract paintings and dream-like creations inspired by Arizona’s unique cultural and physical landscape. Not only that, but the MCA collects permanent collections using a multitude of media, such as wood and metal. Although the museum closes during peak summer, it opens its doors again on Sept. 8 – which still feels like summertime here in the Greater Phoenix area.

Admission Cost: Free

Address: 1 East Main St., Mesa, AZ 85201

Heard Museum

The Heard Museum has been around since 1929 and has a stated purpose of advancing American Indian art. The space has 12 galleries and outdoor sculpture gardens, as well as an auditorium and an outdoor amphitheater where performative art often takes the stage. Museum exhibits include the works of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, and video installations that tell the story of the Navajo people. In total, there are more than 40,000 objects and pieces of art to explore.

Admission Cost: Adults $18, Seniors $13.50, Children $7.50, Under 5 Free

Address: 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004

Children’s Museum of Phoenix

If you have kids or grandkids on your hands, this all-ages museum is a wonderful place to spend the day. The exhibits are largely hands-on and educational, so you can have fun while gaining a better understanding of art, physics, and more. Be sure to visit the creative expression art studio, the block building station, and the climbing area. Children’s camp programs are also available.

Admission Cost: Adults $12, Seniors $11, Free to Members

Address: 215 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, AZ 85034

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

This museum is one of the newest in the Scottsdale area. Western Spirit opened in 2015 and showcases the art and history of almost 20 states, including Arizona. Items on display include clay pottery, paintings of the Grand Canyon, and bronze sculptures on loan from cultural organizations, museums, and artists. Once you’re done checking out the artistic storytelling inside, visit the outdoor sculpture courtyard. It’s a great day outing, with a total of 43,000 square feet to cover.

Admission Cost: Adults $13, Seniors and Military $11, Children $8, Under 5s Free

Address: 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Whether you want a quiet day out of the heat or a great place to entertain your friends and family, a trip to the museum is an excellent way to discover the culture of Phoenix and Scottsdale. And when you make your home in a condo in our luxury complex, the best attractions are never far away.

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