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Pueblo Grande Museum

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Address: 4619 E. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phone Number: 602-495-0901
9:00 am - 4:45 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 4:45 pm
Description: Explore the ancient heart of Phoenix at Pueblo Grande Museum, located on a...
Explore the ancient heart of Phoenix at Pueblo Grande Museum, located on a 1,500 year old archaeological site left by the Hohokam culture located just minutes from downtown Phoenix next to Sky Harbor International Airport. This National Historic Landmark and Phoenix Point of Pride has been a part of the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department since 1929, and is the largest preserved archaeological site within Phoenix. Easily accessible by the Sky Train and the Light Rail, the museum is open 7 days a week October through April, and closed Sundays and Mondays, May through September. A fully accessible 2/3 mile trail takes you through a prehistoric Hohokam archaeological village site with a partially excavated platform mound, ballcourt, and replicated prehistoric houses. There are three galleries to visit while at the Museum. The main gallery displays artifacts of the Hohokam and discusses the Pueblo Grande village site. The children's hands-on gallery has activities to help kids learn about the science of archaeology. And the changing gallery features exhibits on various topics from archaeology, southwest cultures, and Arizona history. For authentic Native American gifts, art, and jewelry, the Museum Store has something for all tastes and budgets. Throughout the year, Pueblo Grande Museum has programming for adults, children, and families, which include archaeology classes for kids, arts and crafts workshops, hikes, and lectures. The Museum also holds annual events, such as the Indian Market, children's summer programs, a Native Art & Rug Auction, Ancient Technology Day and more to please all ages and interests! Pueblo Grande Museum is part of the Green Museums Accord committed to environmental sustainability and sustainable museum practices.
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Native History of Phoenix

This museum and archaeological dig proved a history of the people who lived in this area from the time of Christ to approximately 1450 AD when they suddenly disappeared. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
Fort Erie, Ontario
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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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47 reviews 47 reviews
19 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I had a couple of hours before my flight and decided to explore this last museum and ruins. What an interesting stop this was and a great way to end my visit to Phoenix. Located within minutes of the airport, I had time to explore the ruins, watch the informative movie and look through the museum. One of those sop[ots... More 

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Fort Erie, Ontario
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

This museum and archaeological dig proved a history of the people who lived in this area from the time of Christ to approximately 1450 AD when they suddenly disappeared. The outside landscape, now in the middle of Phoenix with it's tall buildings, is so very surreal. So use your imagination of how life was for these very creative people who... More 

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Austin, Texas
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20 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This large early settlement of native Americans includes an interesting introductory film, museum with artifacts, and good size walking tour of the building sites, some of which have been reconstructed. Fascinating history lesson on these early irrigators. Complement with a visit to nearby the "Hole in the Rock", since the settlement was sited to line up with the Hole on... More 

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Phoenix, AZ
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33 reviews 33 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The museum is okay. There are some interesting books and interactive exhibits regarding Native American life on the Pueblo but it is really way TOO HOT to go in May. Most of this is an outdoor trek and I didn't get far before turning back to the air conditioned part of the tour. My husband and daughter ventured around the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Mmmmmm, It was not what I expected to see or find. I didn't like it..................................

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Nashville, Tennessee
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This is an amazing site to see. The Hohokam Pueblo that has been found and you are able to actually see it. The short video is informative. The site is easily walkable. Friendly staff. Nice museum. So close to the airport! Stop before you leave town or when you arrive.

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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72 reviews 72 reviews
5 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015 via mobile

We have been coming out to Phoenix for nearly twenty years and kept saying we wanted to visit this place, but it always seemed like it was something we could do "next time." Well, this time we did it and we can't help,but wonder why we put it off. What a great little place. Lots to learn and the staff... More 

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Atlanta, GA
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259 reviews 259 reviews
85 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Take the time to visit this site. It is so interesting to see how people lived starting in 450 AD. How did they accomplish so much with so little and why did they leave.... I enjoyed the site and museum. Nice gift shop with quality products of many Native American tribes.

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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32 reviews 32 reviews
3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

If you are a new resident or just a visitor, this indoor/outdoor museum is an ideal place to begin to learn the history and enjoy the Valley of the Sun. It will only take you and hour or two to review the inside exhibits, including the wonderful panorama of the Hohokam canals that brought farming to the area...and are, mainly,... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
19 reviews 19 reviews
17 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Located within Phoenix city proper and within walking distance of a light trail station, Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park is several hundred years old and was built by the Hohokam people. Unfortunately, this once vast settlement is practically all gone. What’s left of it is the foundation of a large building. There are also two reconstructed houses outside and... More 

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