Museums Lovers Itinerary for Phoenix

Museums Lovers Itinerary for Phoenix

Itinerary Details

  • Hours Planned: 16
  • Days Planned: 2
    Included Cities:
  • Phoenix
  • Scottsdale

This Phoenix itinerary for Museums Lovers includes a visit to MIM – Musical Instrument Museum, the Hall of Flame Museum and Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Phoenix is home to some of the best museums in the country, so grab your friends and family and explore everything from music to the great southwest. Plus, we’ve shared some great places to eat in between your museum visits!

Hall of Flame Museum

DAY 1: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Kick off your Museum Itinerary with a visit to the Hall of Flame Museum in Phoenix. The Hall of Flame is America’s largest firefighting museum. Six indoor air-conditioned galleries display over 35,000 square feet of exhibits that tell the story of firefighting in America and Great Britain. Almost seventy restored pieces of fire apparatus are on exhibit, dating from a hand drawn English fire engine built in 1725 to a forty foot long, twelve foot high snorkel fire engine dating from 1971.

6101 East Van Buren Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008
602-275-3473 • Visit Website

Lunch at Hard Rock Cafe Phoenix

DAY 1: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The Hard Rock Café in Phoenix is truly a rockin’ place to be! Once in the Café, you will experience mouthwatering food and awe inspiring memorabilia from rock’n’rollers throughout the decades. But don’t forget to wash down the food, and cool off, with one of their signature drinks. And make sure to visit the Rock Shop before you leave and grab some great merchandise from this iconic restaurant.

3 S 2nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
602-261-7625 • Visit Website

Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

DAY 1: 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West celebrates the art, history, culture and unique stories of the 19 states comprising the American West. The rotating exhibitions feature hundreds of Western artworks, rare historic artifacts and cultural treasures on loan from some of the world’s foremost collectors and institutions.

3830 N Marshall Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-686-9539 Visit Website

Explore Old Town Scottsdale

DAY 1: 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Located in downtown Scottsdale’s arts district, Western Spirit is within easy walking distance of numerous art galleries and restaurants. Nearby attractions include Old Town Scottsdale, Scottsdale Fashion Square, Scottsdale Stadium (Cactus League Spring Training home of the San Francisco Giants baseball team), the Scottsdale Waterfront and more.

Dinner at Park Place Bar & Grill

DAY 1: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Park Place Bar & Grill has a large, welcoming, outdoor patio and is situated in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale adjacent from the Center of Performing Arts. It is the perfect place to relax and enjoy dinner after a day of museum visits. The incredible bar features some of the finest wines at reasonable prices. Domestic, imports and IPAs make the beer selection complete. Plus, enjoy some great live music while you dine. TIP: If you enjoy cheesecake, be sure to save room for dessert, you will love their cheesecake!

7373 East Scottsdale Mall, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-424-6819 • Visit Website

MIM - Musical Instrument Museum

DAY 2: 9:00 AM - Noon

Take a stroll through MIM -Musical Instrument Museum. Grab a pair of headsets and walk around as you not only see but hear the incredible array of instruments from around the world. Plan on spending nearly 4 hours at the Museum and don’t miss out on the Experience Gallery located on the first floor where you can bang on drums and strum guitars. We also recommend that you kick off your visit in the Artists Gallery where you can see musical legends like Elvis. There is also a gift shop, so make sure you you stop on your way out.

4725 East Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85050
480-478-6000 • Visit Website

Lunch at Café Allegro at MIM

Top 10 Things to do in Phoenix - MIM

DAY 2: Noon - 1:00 PM

Award-winning Café Allegro at MIM serves a changing menu of great-tasting foods prepared from scratch, using fresh, local ingredients. Stations feature global cuisine, local and regional dishes, grilled specialties, freshly made soups and salads, and delicious desserts. The casual self-serve environment provides a unique museum dining experience, boasting dishes alive with flavor and nutrition. Café Allegro also offers vegetarian, vegan, international, and kid-friendly options, appealing to a wide variety of tastes.

Free Time

DAY 2: 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM

You’ve done a lot of walking touring the incredible museums in Phoenix and Scottsdale, so now it’s time to relax before a very special dining experience at Old Town Tortilla Factory. This is the perfect time to head back to your resort or if you just don’t want to relax, no worries – check out our list of top things to do in Phoenix and Scottsdale. Enjoy! 🙂

Dinner at Old Town Tortilla Factory

Old Town Tortilla Factory Patio

DAY 2: 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Specializing in Arizona cuisine, Old Town Tortilla Factory serves up several unique dishes from Shrimp Diablo to a Red Chile Pork Chop. If you love Margaritas, be sure to order the Treasure Margarita featuring El Tesoro Reposado, Gran Marnier and fresh citrus juice. The property boasts a 1400 square foot flagstone patio that is surrounded by green vegetation and shaded by 100 year old pecan trees. In the winter months the patio is heated to spring like temperatures and in the summer months the patio is cooled with a state of the art mist system. Don’t miss this unique dining experience located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale.

6910 East Main Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
480-945-4567 • Visit Website