Phoenix is smack in the middle of the Arizona desert in the southwestern US, so it’s no secret that it can get quite hot — summer days well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit aren’t uncommon. But fortunately, the city has hundreds of great things to do indoors, including several great museums in Phoenix that give any more famous institutions in cities like Atlanta or Chicago a run for their money.
At the best museums in Phoenix, you can study fashion design, explore the cosmos, peek into an archeological dig, or hear what instruments from the 14th century sounded like. There’s a lot to keep both kids, families, and adults happy, whether you’re into art, music, science, history, or a little bit of everything.
The seven museums below are some of the best places to spend a free hour or a free day in Phoenix year-round — but especially in the middle of summer.