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Pueblo Grande Museum

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Neighborhood: Camelback East
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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
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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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Good for short visit

Interesting video presentation. Easy walking trail. 1 hour is plenty of time to see the site. Trail has information displays along the route. Grab a bottle of water from vending... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Valrico, FL
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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a great site. I was surprised to find it in the middle of Phoenix. There is a museum showing some of the artifacts found along with some pieces that have been recreated. The real attraction is the walking trail. It takes you through the excavated sites. It is a large complex and they have dug up a lot... More 

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Valrico, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Interesting video presentation. Easy walking trail. 1 hour is plenty of time to see the site. Trail has information displays along the route. Grab a bottle of water from vending machine (only $0.75) before you start. Even in January it was hot!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great museum, good value. Tickets were $6 each, and it was about 1.5 hours in duration. The museum is well maintained, and very interesting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

The museum itself has some beautiful artifacts that came from this site & elsewhere. It is very well laid out. You do have to have a vivid imagination though, to conjure up what living there must have been like for the Hohokam. The displays do their very best to paint the picture and if you take the time to study... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

The price is reasonable but there is not much to see and if you have young children with you I think they will be bored. The bright spot is the admission price is reasonable and the staff is more than helpful with suggesting other places to visit. I don't believe I will make this a top recommendation for the Phoenix... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

I met an woman at my hotel, she told she and her spouse made jewelry and told me about the show. I went and thoroughly enjoyed the show, Southwest Jewelry, and the museum. A great way to help preserve the culture

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

An interesting spot to learn about archeological sites, ancient cultures and how they built canals to irrigate. You definitely have to use your imagination, as time has taken it's toll on the building remains!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

There’s not a lot to see, since much of pueblo grande has been filled back in to prevent further erosion. Outdoors, there’s a paved path that takes you up onto the structure and then over to see some replica buildings and the ball pit. Figure an hour and a half if you read all of the displays inside the museum.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

It's unusual to tour an archaeological site of AD 450-1450 in the heart of the sixth largest city in the US, but you do just that at this museum. Begin your tour by watching a ten minute video that runs continuously and offers an excellent introduction to both the Hohokam and Pueblo Grande Museum. An outdoor trail, an easy 2/3... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

An interesting place to visit, but you need an interest in archeology to get the most from the experience. Quite well explained self guided walk. There is a small gift shop.

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