Phoenix On the Cheap: 4 Deals on Arts & Culture This May

Things to Do — By P. Escarcega on April 30, 2011 at 12:46 am

If you’d like to get out and see what’s happening at some of the Valley’s most popular museums and cultural centers this May, but don’t want to empty your wallet doing so, here are three great deals just for you.

Adults-Only Night Out at the Arizona Science Center. On May 6, the Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix will be opening its doors and offering free admission to adults. Explore the displays and exhibits, and while you’re there, take in a lecture or planetarium presentation. Eric Blinman, director of archeological studies at the Museum of New Mexico, will be discussing climate change in the Southwest in his talk, “The Rear View Mirror: 2000 Years of People and Climate Change in the Southwest.”

Enjoy the Center from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Lecture starts at 7 p.m. Visit for more information.

Lunch and a Show for $6. From May 3-5, the Herberger Theater in downtown Phoenix will be hosting its popular Lunch time Theater series. For $6, enjoy a play while noshing on your brown bug lunch at Phoenix’s premier downtown theater. In May, the play will be “Funny as a Crutch,” a series of bittersweet dramatic vignettes that take disability as their theme. Bring your lunch, or call ahead and pre-order one for $6-7. Shows start at 12:10 p.m., with doors opening at 11:40 a.m. Visit for more information.

Enjoy lunch and a show during the Lunch Time Theater series at the Herberger Theater in downtown Phoenix. Photo:

Check Out Mesa Museums for Free. Starting May 1st and continuing until August, explore Mesa’s most popular museums for free on the first Sunday of the month as part of the Target Three for Free series. Participating museums include the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, Arizona Museum of Natural History, and Arizona Museum for Youth. For more information, visit,, and

Enjoy Free or Discount Admission to Phoenix Museums on International Museum Day. I bet you didn’t know that May 18th is International Museum Day. Participating Phoenix museums include the Pueblo Grande Museum, the Arizona Historical Society Museum, Deer Valley Rock Art Center, and the Musical Instrument Museum (which is offering discounted admission on May 19th). Visit the Central Arizona Museum Association for more information.


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