Your guide to which arts venues are open or closed in metro Phoenix during coronavirus

Corrections & Clarifications: A previous version of this article misstated the title of Beethoven’s symphony “Eroica.”

Note: This list is being updated regularly. Check with the venues for any changes that may have occurred since the most recent update.

Throughout metro Phoenix, dozens of concerts and events have been postponed or canceled to fight the spread of the new coronavirus.

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The Valley’s arts venues and performance companies are in the same boat. Many museums are closed, and dance, theater and music organizations have been forced into major scheduling upheaval. Some tried to stay open while increasing their sanitation standards, but events have overtaken those efforts.

Here’s how museums and arts venues throughout metro Phoenix are responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

Some museums, including the Musical Instrument Museum and Heard Museum, have reopened with some restrictions. The Phoenix Art Museum announced on Aug. 12 that it plans to reopen in October.

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Alwun House

The gallery is closed until further notice.

Details: 602-253-7967, alwunhouse.org.

Arizona Museum of Natural History

The Mesa museum is closed until further notice.

Details: 480-644-2230, arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.org.

Arizona Broadway Theatre

The theater will resume programming in January 2021.

According to a press release, the company shut its doors five months ago, just two days after the opening of the musical “Chicago.” Closing the Peoria-based theater resulted in employee layoffs and the indefinite postponement of all theater and educational programming.

Once the theater resumes programming in 2021, “Chicago” will be the first full production to return to the ABT stage.

Plans for additional fall interim programming are in development and include outdoor performances for families and larger outdoor productions to be staged in the West Valley.

Details: 623-776-8400, azbroadway.org

Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum

This Mesa museum is currently open for limited hours during the week, including Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All visitors are required to wear masks. 

The Air Force museum offers 30,000 sq ft of exhibits and also operates six warbirds from the WWII-era. 

Details: 480-924-2992, azcaf.org.

Arizona Opera

Arizona Opera plans to return this fall with performances taking place outdoors and online. 

Arizona Opera’s 2020-21 season is scheduled to begin Oct. 2 in Phoenix and Oct. 4 in Tucson, with outdoor performances by members of the company’s Marion Roose Pullin Opera Studio.

The initial performance in Phoenix will take place at the Arizona Opera Center at 1636 N. Central Ave., Phoenix.

In addition, the opera will be releasing a film adaptation of “The Copper Queen,” Arizona Opera’s second world-premiere commission, by Clint Borzoni and John de los Santos.

Details: azopera.org.

Arizona Science Center

The Arizona Science Center reopened on June 20 but announced June 30 that it would close again temporarily due to the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases. The center will be closed until further notice.

Details: 602-716-2000, azscience.org.

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Arizona Theatre Company

Arizona Theatre Company has postponed its in-person shows until 2021. However, virtual shows are being planned for the rest of 2020. 

ATC hosts “Hang & Focus,” a weekly Facebook live show and podcast that highlights current events Fridays at 4 p.m.. The company plans to host virtual shows that consist of digital plays, readings, monologues and virtual co-productions with local theater companies. 

The first round of ATC’s Digital Season will feature “The Heath” by Lauren Gunderson and directed by ATC’s artistic director, Sean Daniels; “Alma” by Benjamin Benne and directed by Catherine María Rodríguez and “Walk Into The Sea” by ATC Playwright-in-Residence Elaine Romero and directed by Melissa Crespo.

The theater’s 54th main stage season lineup will begin in January and include “My 80 Year Old Boyfriend,” “Women in Jeopardy!”  and “How to Make an American Son.”

Subscriptions to ATC’s main stage season are currently on sale. Single tickets will be available for purchase later this year.

Details: 602-256-6995, arizonatheatre.org.

ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage has postponed in-person shows until 2021. 

The company’s performances of “Hamilton” and “Oklahoma!” are affected by the change; the shows are still included in Gammage’s season ticket package and will be rescheduled for a later date. 

The season will still include the full eight-show lineup, which includes “Frozen,” “Tootsie” and “Mean Girls.”

The new performance dates have yet to be announced.

Details: 480-965-3434, asugammage.com.

Ballet Arizona

Ballet Arizona announced in-person shows are postponed until 2021.

“Director’s Choice, Giselle” and the annual production of “The Nutcracker” have been removed from the performance calendar. 

The company is currently working on a digital-focused fall season which includes a virtual adaptation of “The Nutcracker.” 

According to a press release, the specific dates and digital programming offerings for fall performances are still being finalized, with the company scheduled to announce those details in early September.

Details: 602-381-0184, balletaz.org.

Black Theatre Troupe

The theater company closed temporarily earlier this year and has postponed all in-person performances for the rest of 2020.

Performances will return in January 2021 including “Sistas: The Musical,” “Sunset Baby,” “Black Nativity,” “A Soldier’s Play,” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’.”

The theater will also have virtual options in the coming weeks.

Details: 602-258-8129, new-wp.blacktheatretroupe.org.

Children’s Museum of Phoenix

The museum will be closed until further notice. Already purchased tickets will be honored when the museum reopens.

Details: 602-253-0501, childrensmuseumofphoenix.org.

Edna Vihel Arts Center

This arts center in Tempe is closed until further notice. 

Details: 480-350-5287, tempe.gov.

Hall of Flame Museum



a bicycle leaning against a tree: Historical firefighting equipment and accessories are seen at the Hall of Flame Fire Museum on Aug. 20, 2019, in Phoenix.


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Historical firefighting equipment and accessories are seen at the Hall of Flame Fire Museum on Aug. 20, 2019, in Phoenix.

The Hall of Flame Museum of Firefighting reopened June 2 with new hours. It’s open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays to the general public and on Mondays for pre-booked tours of 10 people. Guided tours, school groups and education programs are available by appointment only.

Details: 602-275-3473, hallofflame.org.

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Heard Museum

The Heard Museum reopened June 9. Visitors must wear masks. The museum has reduced hours and a limit of 100 guests per hour in the building. Current exhibitions include “Maria Hupfield: Nine Years Towards the Sun” and “Grand Procession: Contemporary Plains Indian Dolls From the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection.” 

Details: 602-252-8840, heard.org.

Herberger Theater Center

Programming at Herberger Theater Center by resident companies Arizona Broadway Theatre, Arizona Opera, Arizona Theatre Company, Childsplay Theatre and iTheatre Collaborative have been canceled or postponed until further notice

Details: herbergertheater.org.

i.d.e.a. Museum

The kid-oriented art and activity museum in Mesa will close through Sept. 30. Check the website for updates.

Details: 480-644-2468, ideaMuseum.org.

Mesa Arts Center

On April 6, Mesa updated the time frame for the closure of all city museums: Arizona Museum of Natural History, i.d.e.a. Museum and Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. As of Aug. 6, the art centers are still closed until further notice.

“As of today, reopening of Mesa Arts Center is planned for Oct. 1. The reopen date is dependent on the state of the health crisis and its economic impacts. Rest assured we will keep you up to date as plans change.”

Postponed events include:

  • “MeatEater” April 15; rescheduled for Feb. 26, 2021.
  • “Science Friday Live,” date to be announced.

Canceled events include:

  • “Drum Tao,” Oct. 2
  • “Puddles Pity Party,” Oct. 8.

Details: 480-644-650, mesaartscenter.com.

Musical Instrument Museum

The Musical Instrument Museum announced on Aug. 7  that it would reopen to the public on Aug. 10. Visitors will be required to wear masks and are encouraged to purchase tickets online to streamline the entry process. The MIM theater remains closed and large events, programs and guided tours remain suspended as well.

Visit the museum’s website for more details.

Details: 480-478-6000, mim.org.

Phoenix Art Museum

The museum announced it will reopen to members on Oct. 1 and the general public on Oct. 14. 

According to a press release, there will be a number of safety measures and operational changes at the museum, including requiring masks for staff and visitors and a limited number of visitors being permitted into the museum per day.

The museum will also offer visiting periods exclusive to seniors. 

Some of the exhibitions the museum has on display have been extended, including “Teresita Fernandez: Elemental,” “India: Fashion’s Muse” and “Ansel Adams: Performing the Print.”

Details: 602-257-1880, phxart.org.

Phoenix Symphony

The symphony has canceled its 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a press release, performances are to resume in 2021 for the 2021-22 season. Symphony organizers said they will be reaching out to all patrons impacted by this cancellation.

Details: 602-495-1999, phoenixsymphony.org.

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

The performing arts center is closed until further notice. 

Details: 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org.

Scottsdale art galleries

DeRubeis Fine Art of Metal Scottsdale and the Marshall Gallery of Fine Art are among the Old Town galleries that are open. Scottsdalegalleries.com has links to many Old Town galleries so you can check on their hours and whether they’re open by appointment only.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

The museum is closed until further notice. Facilitators at SMoCA are looking to slowly reopen, but a date has not been confirmed.

Details: 480-874-4666, smoca.org.

Shemer Art Center 

Shemer Art Center will reopen to the general public on Aug. 4, according to its website. 

The center offers adult and youth classes and workshops online and soon in person. Registration for these classes is available now.

Details: 602-262-4727, shemerartcenter.org.

Southwest Shakespeare

On March 13, Southwest Shakespeare announced it would postpone its production of “Hudson” at the Madison Center for the Performing Arts, which was scheduled for April 9-25. According to an Instagram post, it will be rescheduled for October. The company says it will reach out to ticket holders to discuss options.

Details: 480-435-6868, swshakespeare.org.

Tempe Center for the Arts

All events are canceled until further notice. 

According to TCA’s website, “Patrons with tickets to canceled events will be issued full refunds. Patrons with tickets to events that have been postponed will receive more information via email. Contact the Box Office at 480-350-2822 ext. 2, or [email protected] with any questions.”

Details: 480-350-2822, tempecenterforthearts.com.

Tempe History Museum

The museum is closed until further notice.

Details: 480-350-5100, tempe.gov.

Valley Youth Theatre

The theater is closed until further notice. 

Details: 602-253-8188, vyt.com.

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