Visual Arts

Is Sky Harbor Airport's Art Museum Worth Taking a Trip?


Whether you've flown out of the airport to visit relatives in Indiana or just popped in to pick up an out-of-town guest, you've probably been to Phoenix's Sky Harbor Airport at some point. But few locals realize the airport has amassed a collection of over 500 pieces of art since construction first began on Terminal 2 in the '60s. The Phoenix Airport Museum at Sky Harbor now consists of more than 30 cases displaying a rotating selection of local and traveling art exhibits, as well as items from the museum's permanent collection.

Sure, it's great to have something beautiful to look at when you're pacing around an airport lobby for two hours worrying about travel size liquids, metal detectors and -- horror of horrors -- potentially delayed flights. But is it worth it for locals to battle crowds and pay $4 an hour for parking just to see airport-quality artwork?

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Wynter Holden
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