First Friday at Phoenix Art Museum

Every First Friday, Phoenix Art Museum offers free general admission and discounted special exhibition admission* from 6 - 10PM. This First Friday, we celebrate the opening of Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection! Samurai exhibition tickets are $5 or free for Members. Not a Member yet? Join here and enjoy unlimited free entry to all of our exhibitions!

Current Exhibitions

*Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection
The Propeller Group

Horacio Zabala: Mapping the Monochrome
INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks

Happenings, Performances and Installations: 

6–10PM: Enjoy an Ikebana of Arizona display, a photo opportunity with an installation, 1000 Cranes for Ishinomaki (Cyanotyped Origami Cranes), by Airi Katsuta, and a cash bar.


6PM, 7PM, 8PM - Wilde Plaza
Traditional Japanese taiko drumming by Ken Koshio


67:30PM - Great Hall

Free sake tasting by Quench


68PM - Palette Restaurant

Special menu tonight only!
Ramen: Shitake Miso or Pork Shoyu $11
Trio: Spicy Edamame, Gyoza (Pot Stickers), and Kinoko Tempura (Mushroom Tempura) $9
Make Reservations


6:30PM - Rineberg Gallery and 7:15PM - Asian Art Gallery
Shakuhachi flute performance by Yujin Soku-Shin of Ancient Sounds of Peace


7PM, 8PM - The Hub
Mini meditation sound baths by Gold Lion Healing Arts


7:30PM - Great Hall
Special tea ceremony performance by Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix and Chado Uransenke Tankokai of Arizona


8PM - Great Hall

Suzuyuki-Kai Japanese dance performance


Also happening at Phoenix Art Museum tonight...

6:30 - 9PM - Singer Hall Panel discussion in conjunction with INFOCUS Juried Exhibition of Self-Published Photobooks which is currently on view in the Norton Photography Gallery.


7 - 8PM - Whiteman Hall Poetry reading by Forrest Gander and local opener Giancarlo Huapaya. Followed by a short Q&A session and a book signing in front of The Museum Store.


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Phoenix Art Museum is one of five Artlink Phoenix First Friday Trolley hubs. Park and enjoy the Museum then take the trolley tour and explore all the downtown Phoenix arts and culture destinations. The Museum is conveniently located by the Central and McDowell Valley Metro Lightrail station. 



  • Paid parking is available just north of Phoenix Art Museum at Central United Methodist Church from 5pm- 10pm on First Friday. The charge is $10 and can be paid using cash or credit card. Click here for an online map. 

  • Free overflow parking is also available across the street from Phoenix Art Museum at Central Arts plaza, on the 3rd and 4th floors of the parking garage on the southwest corner of Central Avenue and Palm Lane. Click here for an online map. 


*Special exhibitions are free for Museum Members.


First Fridays are generously sponsored by PetSmart
[Image credit: Myōchin Munenori, nimaitachidō tōsei gusoku (armor) (detail), mid Edo period, 18th century. Shakudō, lacing, silver, wood, gold, brocade, fur, bronze, brass, leather. © The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas. Photo: Brad Flowers.]

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