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“Comfortable, Close-to-home Museum”

Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery
Ranked #1 of 43 things to do in Chandler
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Chandler, Arizona
1 review
“Comfortable, Close-to-home Museum”
Reviewed 29 August 2012

This museum owned by Eddie Basha had no entrance fee, and based on its location, we did not expect to be as impressed as we were. As we walked in we were greeted by a friendly young lady at the front desk. The bathrooms were nice and clean, close to the entrance, and it looked very presentable. We were handed a brochure with a lot of valuable information on Western American and Native American Art that helped us further understand certain object in the museum.

Throughout the gallery there were all kinds of statues, paintings, pottery, jewelry, vintage guns, and drums. Some paintings represented the life of Native Americans, and elaborated with its representation. Important Indians were recognized and there were a lot of interesting books that were open to the public to look through, and find more information.

The presentation of the museum was very enjoyable and pleasant. The environment was peaceful and comfortable. It was very quiet inside, a cool temperature. Every wall in the museum was a different color, but they were all bright colors of turquoise, purple, blue, green, yellow and red. The lighting was nice, though some lights were burnt out, it was not a distraction. The Adobe walls were a great touch to the feel of the Native American culture. Overall, this was a lovely museum that I recommend visiting to anyone.

Visited August 2012
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Chandler, Arizona
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“Zelma Basha Salmeri Gallery of Art”
Reviewed 20 August 2012

Based on its location, we did not expect to be as impressed as we were. As we walked in we were greeted by a friendly young lady at the front desk. We were handed a brochure with a lot of valuable information on Western American and Native American Art that helped us further understand certain object in the museum.
Throughout the gallery there were all kinds of statues, paintings, pottery, jewelry, vintage guns, and drums. Some paintings represented the life of Native Americans, and elaborated with its representation. Important Indians were recognized and there were a lot of interesting books that were open to the public to look through, and find more information.
The presentation of the museum was very enjoyable and pleasant. The environment was peaceful and comfortable. It was very quiet inside, a cool temperature.

Visited August 2012
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1 Thank Alan B
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Laguna Niguel, California
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21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“What a gem, and free!”
Reviewed 15 August 2012

We were blown away by the western art in this museum, which has no entrance fee. The art is beautifully arranged and includes paintings, sculptures, native-american baskets, vintage guns and other pieces of western art. If you enjoy western art, and are in the Phoenix area, this is a must see.

Visited July 2012
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Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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“This is a gem.”
Reviewed 18 May 2012

We were surprised to find this gallery and thrilled that we did. It's in Chandler and not hard to find as they have excellent directions on their website. It's actually at the corporate office area and site of the original warehouse for Basha's food.

The gallery is free - which is unheard of. This place is a gem and not only does it display beautiful works of art, but its also a history lesson. It beautifully depicts the story of the cowboy and the settlers on there way to a new life in the west. It also depicts the Indians way of life and how they adjust to new people moving into their world.

There is so much to see you cannot possibly take it all in just in one visit. In addition to the paintings, there are many sculptures of all types, beautiful Kasinas, jewelry and more. I highly recommend this gallery.

Visited May 2012
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Roscoe, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wonderful Free Museum of Western Art”
Reviewed 22 April 2012

The Basha Salmeri Gallery of Western American and Native American Art should not be missed. It is a little hard to find and the outside of the building is not impressive, but once inside you are surrounded by beautiful paintings, bronzes, Native American baskets, pottery, fetishes, sculpture and jewelry. It is not open on weekends and is sometimes closed for maintenance. Call before coming: 480-895-5230. The gallery is located at 22402 South Basha Road in Chandler, AZ.

Visited February 2012
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