Heard Museum

2301 N Central Avenue | Phoenix, AZ 85004

 

Schools can choose from four tour options during the 2019-20 school year. See below for tour descriptions and availability.

The Heard Museum allows a ratio of 1 adult (including teachers) per 7 students for students grades K-8. Ratio changes to 1 adult (including teachers) per 10 adults for students grades 9-12. Special exceptions can be made for SPED programs. If the above ratio is exceeded all extra adults will be required to pay $13.00 for admission at check in.

Tour Option #1: Home: Native People of the Southwest

HOME: Native People in the Southwest highlights the ancestral and present-day Native people of the Greater Southwest. This exhibit shows a wide array of artifacts including pottery, baskets and Hopi katsina dolls. Experience the Heard’s most prized masterpieces, sweeping landscapes, poetry and personal recollections on an unforgettable journey through the Southwest and the vibrant arts and cultures of Native people.

Groups are welcome to add an activity component to this tour option. This activity will add an additional hour onto the tour time for a 2 hour visit. Students can make Beaded Corn activity suited for grades K-2, or a Jacla Necklace suited for grades 3-6. The cost is $2.00 per student, which is paid to the Heard Museum.

Availability: Tours are held on Monday – Friday during September 2019 – May 2020
Max. Group Size: 80 students per tour
Grades: K-12
Tour Length: 60 minutes
Tour Start Time: 9:30 am or 10:30 am

Tour Option #2: HOME: Native People of the Southwest (abridged) & Highlights of the Heard

This tour is ideal for groups over 80 students and includes additional galleries that pertains to the interest of the group.

HOME: Native People in the Southwest highlights the ancestral and present-day Native people of the Greater Southwest. This exhibit shows a wide array of artifacts including pottery, baskets and Hopi katsina dolls. Experience the Heard’s most prized masterpieces, sweeping landscapes, poetry and personal recollections on an unforgettable journey through the Southwest and the vibrant arts and cultures of Native people.  In addition groups will also be guided through additional galleries as well, learning about the history of the Heard and connecting what they see in Home with the variety of art in other galleries throughout the museum.

Availability: Tours are held on Monday – Friday during September 2019 – May 2020
Max. Group Size: 80 – 120 students per tour
Grades: 3-12
Tour Length: 60 minutes
Tour Start Time: 9:30 am or 10:30 am

Tour Option #3: HOME: Native People of the Southwest (abridged w/story)

This tour will allow you to see HOME: Native People in the Southwest which highlights the ancestral and present-day Native people of the Greater Southwest. Following a 35-40 minute tour, students will be brought to a classroom to listen to a story and complete a short activity based on the story. This tour is great for allowing the youngest visitors to reflect on the museum and have a take-home creation of their own.

*No extra cost for this activity.

Availability: Tours are held on Monday – Friday during September 2019 – May 2020
Max. Group Size: 60 students per tour
Grades: K-2
Tour Length: 90 minutes
Tour Start Time: 9:30 am or 10:30 am

Tour Option #4: Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories

Away From Home examines an important and often unknown period of American history. Beginning in the 1870s the U.S. government aimed to assimilate American Indians into “civilized” society by placing them in government-operated boarding schools. Children were taken from families and transported to far-away schools where all signs of “Indian-ness” were stripped away. Students were trained for servitude and many went for years without familial contact—events that still have an impact on Native communities today. Much of the content in the current exhibition remains relevant and continues to offer a profound and powerful visitor experience. However, after two decades, the exhibition needed to be refreshed and augmented to tell this complex story. We will present new works of art, archival material, first-person interviews and interactive elements in an immersive setting to encourage visitors to have a personal and visceral connection to the topics explored. Generations of students attended boarding schools before advocacy efforts—that included students and alumni—succeeded in reforming them, closing them, or offering other school choices. Boarding schools were designed to change American Indians, and they had many long-lasting impacts, but American Indians also changed the schools.

Availability: Tours are held on Monday – Friday during September 2019 – May 2020
Max. Group Size: 50 students per tour (For groups of 50 students plus, groups may be guided in Home: Native People of the Southwest exhibition with a Boarding School main focus.)
Grades: 9-12
Tour Length: 60 minutes
Tour Start Time: 9:30 am or 10:30 am

Additional Information

Lunch Options: Food and drink are not allowed in the museum. Groups are welcome to stay onsite and eat lunch following their tour with advanced reservations.

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Parking: Buses will park alongside the Dorrance Education Center building.

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