click to enlarge Mimi O Chun, First Hermit, 2021; Filling wadding, anchor wire, cotton cloth, embroidery thread; 18 x 12 x 12 in. Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art It’s time to crawl out of your shell. Museums on Metro Phoenix display a fascinating range of exhibits, and some offer free entry to Smithsonian Museum Day on Saturday, September 18. and make sure to check mask and vaccination guidelines before heading out. Here’s a look at the exhibition series from participating museums in the area, where you’ll see artwork inspired by social justice movements, local history, sports, and more. Pro Tip: The Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is always free, and other Mesa museums are free on I Love Mesa Day on Saturday, September 25th. Entry is always free at the ASU Art Museum in Tempe. If you feel like visiting more museums, you’ll be happy to find out that several local museums offer free or voluntary entry for specific days and hours. That list includes the Heard Museum and the Phoenix Art Museum, among others. Bring your vacation shopping list with you every time you visit, as several Metro Phoenix museums have impressive souvenir shops. Related Stories I Support Local Community Journalism Support the independent voice of Phoenix and help keep the future of the New Times clear. Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum 2017 North Greenfield Road, Mesa Explore more than 100 years of military aviation engagements at the Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum, as well as an aircraft maintenance and restoration hangar where visitors can watch the work in progress. Arizona Heritage Center in Papago Park 1300 North College Avenue, Tempe You can see some exhibits at the Arizona Heritage Center in Papago Park, which is open museum day from 10am to 2pm. The museum is currently showing “Unframed: A Photo Journey Through Navajo and Hopi Nations, 1977-1978” with photographs by Katharine L. McKenna and “Still Marching: From Suffragette to #MeToo”, which explores social change through collective action by women. The center also houses an exhibition on Arizona’s history. Meal of Rocks (on loan from the Arizona Mining, Mineral, and Natural Resources Museum) adds a gastronomic touch to the geography. The museum also displays models and dioramas depicting the history of Cave Creek, a selection of works from the city collection and archaeological artifacts Museum Day: 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM Chandler Museum 300 South Chandler Village Drive, Chandler Walk to Chandler Museum, at “11. September 2001: The Day That Changed the World ”, an educational exhibition with 14 posters that thematize the historic day with a focus on the personal stories of survivors and witnesses. The museum also shows “Bigger than Boxing: Zora Folley and the 1967 Heavyweight Title” and “Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope, and Diversity in America,” with dozens of large-format photographs by John Johnson. Museum Day Hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Mesa Historical Museum 2345 North Horne, Mesa The Mesa Historical Museum recently opened an exhibit called Diversity in Mesa. While you’re there, you can also see exhibits about the city’s history, founding families, and early schools. The museum also displays “Play Ball: The Arizona Spring Training Experience,” which contains artifacts related to the history of this local tradition as well as a replica of an Adobe schoolhouse. Museum day opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Click to enlarge Where We Are by Lily Reeves, who has exhibited at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. Lily Reeves Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art 7374 East Second Street, Scottsdale Tickets for Museum Day at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art are already sold out, but the new Forever gives you other opportunities to see works by a variety of local artists. Becoming: Young Phoenix Artists ”and the installation by Jacob A. Meders entitled“ And It’s Built on the Sacred. ”The museum recently opened“ Mimi O Chun: It’s all cake ”and is also showing“ Voice-Over: Zineb Sedira. “On Thursdays and every second Saturday of the month, tickets for entry must be reserved in advance as you wish. Tempe History Museum 809 East Southern Avenue, Tempe Tempe History Museum features two exhibits on video game culture and has a solid selection of artifacts related to the historical and contemporary Tempe. Current exhibitions include “Video Invaders” and “Two Players, Two Quarters: Such and Champ Style”. in several murals around the Phoenix Museum subway times of day are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West 3830 North Marshall Way, Scottsdale The Western Spirit has numerous exhibits: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, where Museum The Times of the Day are from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The current lineup includes “Courage & Crossroads: A Visual Journey through the American West” and “Photographs by Barry Goldwater: Selections from the Arizona Highways Collection”. Additional exhibits include film, bronze statues, lunar exploration, etc. Editor’s note: Learn more about Smithsonian Museum Day on the event website.