Since its founding by Dwight and Maie Heard in 1929, the Heard Museum has grown in size and stature to become recognized internationally for the quality of its collections, its educational programming and its festivals. Dedicated to the sensitive and accurate portrayal of Native arts and cultures, the Heard is an institution that successfully combines the stories of American Indian people from a personal perspective with the beauty of art.
For those of you who like Native American Art, the Heard Museum is terrific. Opened in 1929, just a few blocks north of downtown Phoenix near the Phoenix Art Museum, the Heard Museum has a comprehensive collection of Native American art. There’s a lot of history here and great educational experience and it’s all very wheelchair friendly. The Spanish Colonial architecture covering 3 floors and the very fashionable Courtyard Café is beautiful; all accessible. The museum does include 1 of the dreaded small hydraulic lifts located between the main floor and 2nd level (which I’ll note here is operated efficiently without calling for an attendant or a key). You can avoid the lift (which I advise) by using the regular commercial elevators which provide full museum access. There are also a couple very easy ramps between some of the exhibits.
There is one large wheelchair accessible restroom on the 1st floor. The lower level restroom is not wheelchair accessible. The museum entry is level with no steps and there’s plenty of wheelchair accessible parking. The museum is also easily accessible from the Phoenix Metro Light Rail station which is just half a block from the Museum.
Overall the Heard Museum is very wheelchair accessible and if you like Native American Art – it’s a wonderful museum.