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Pueblo Grande Museum

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Address: 4619 E. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phone Number: +1 602-495-0901
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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
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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very interesting and well done

i really like how they kept everything in its original place. it is mostly outside and un-shaded, so best done on a cool day or in the morning.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Lowell, Massachusetts
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

There's a small indoors museum as well as the 'dig' outside. I'm not sure how authentic the dig is. I believe parts have been reconstructed to stage a village. It may have been more interesting if there was a tour guide. The Heard Museum is a better choice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

i really like how they kept everything in its original place. it is mostly outside and un-shaded, so best done on a cool day or in the morning.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

It is interesting to find out how people lived in this area 1,000 years ago. The Pueblo is a short outdoor walk around an archaeological area with a small artifact museum. An hour is enough time to walk the loop and see the artifacts. Impressive what the early civilizations were able to do in the arid climate.

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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Coming from the east coast and it's wholesale lack of Native American infrastructure, Pueblo Grande was a literal walk through the past. You'll get the chance to travel on and through a millenniums-old Hohokam village, learning how a native population built North America's most extensive pre-historic canal system to live and farm in the American Southwest. A short, 10-minute movie... More 

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gw2588
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We had a bit of time before needing to get back to the airport, and this museum is so close by that we popped in. It was actually fairly interesting and informative, and is worth a visit if you have the time. An hour to hour and a half is plenty of time.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Believe it or not this place is totally wheelchair accessible and quite a large area. If you are interested in old buildings and history and fancy a long push you will like this place. There is also a film show.

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

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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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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78 helpful votes 78 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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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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