On-site Programs

There are many ways for adults to learn more about our collections and exhibitions. Signage throughout the Museum provides background information and context for objects in the immediate area, as well as “what to look for” in the works on view.

Lectures by experts explore art-related topics in-depth; Gallery Talks are informal discussions in the galleries around a theme. Film and performance demonstrate the commonalities among art forms.

Museum-trained docents offer tours and conversations to enhance your understanding and enjoyment.
North Wing (European, American, Western, Asian) – 12pm

Special Exhibition (topic varies – ask at Visitor Services) – 1pm (and 6pm Wednesdays)
South Wing (Modern, Contemporary, Photography, Fashion) – 2pm

Guided Tours

To enhance your museum experience, we offer several guided tours for adults and students. Museum tours are provided by a Docent, who is trained to speak knowledgeably and engage people in conversations about objects in the Museum’s collection.

12pm Daily
Asian, European, American, Western American and Thorne Miniature Rooms
Location in the North Wing

1pm Daily
Featured Exhibition Tour


2pm Daily
Modern, Contemporary, Fashion Design
Location in the South Wing

Wednesdays at 6pm

All guided tours (referenced above)

Group Tours

The Museum welcomes adult groups to schedule special tours with 5 weeks advance notice. For more information, contact Group Sales at (602) 307-2090, groupsales@phxart.org or download the Group Sales Reservation Form.

Arts Engagement Program

Do you know someone who is affected by dementia or Alzheimer's disease? Scientific studies have shown that regular mental stimulation has a positive effect on those affected by these conditions. This innovative, six-part program actively engages adults with mild to moderate dementia and their care partners with the visual arts. The program blends facilitated conversations around artworks in the collection that aid in triggering memories and strengthening observational skills and focus. Each session explores new artistic themes in a welcoming and social environment.

Cost per session (for both participants) is $25.00. This fee includes luncheon for two, six interactive programs, a one-year General Membership for non-members, and all materials. Sessions are offered every Fall, Spring, and Summer. Register early, as space is limited. For more information or to enroll for the upcoming session, call (602) 307-2032. Click here to download program brochure.

Arts Engagement Program is generously supported by Shawn & Joe Lampe.

ASU/Osher Lifelong Learning

Education Staff collaborates with ASU/Osher Lifelong Learning Institute twice per year in creating a series of programs exploring the Museum’s collections and operations aimed at adults 50 and up. To learn more, call OLLI at ASU at (602) 543-6440

Pilot Programs

Museum Education staff conduct pilot programs with special-interest groups, including an on-going relationship with several medical education programs at area universities and hospitals. Call the Education Department at (602) 257-2102 for more information.

Off-site Programs

Phoenix Art Museum Docents present image-based programs in our community on a wide range of art-related topics. The Art All Around Us and Community Outreach programs provide stimulating presentations in senior community and living centers throughout the Valley. Community and special-interest groups may also request talks.

All off-site programs are by prior arrangement only, subject to docent availability, and according to established fee scales. For further information call (602) 307-2090.