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Pueblo Grande Museum

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Neighborhood: Camelback East
Ancient Ruins, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Address: 4619 E. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phone Number: 602-495-0901
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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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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
Atlanta, GA
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Atlanta, GA
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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
23 helpful votes 23 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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Memphis, Tennessee
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

This is a small museum, but well worth the time it takes to visit. I enjoyed reading about the ruins and how the people lived. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. I would go back for another visit.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

Near the airport, there's a little museum dedicated to the first settlers of the land now called Phoenix. Mostly all that's left is the footprint if you will of the building structures. From a profile view it looks like a mound of dirt. The interpretative center helps give context and shows the various everyday artifacts found. Pretty interesting and unique.... More 

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Okeechobee, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Our group of give adults went and only two of us even Finished the touring area. It was am okay place to go, but don't go in with your expectations too high.

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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38 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

I guess they call them ruins for a reason, but there wasn't as much left here as I expected. The film about the Hohokum culture was very interesting and explained their civilization. There were a couple recreated huts but I wished there had been more left to see of the original village. Bring your umbrella to use as a parasol... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

that all depends on your time. We found it very informative, the staff was extremely friendly, passionate and knowledgeable. You can certainly go back in time and imagine what the Hohokam accomplished in this dry and hot climate, amazing! We definitely suggest to take the staff up on the offer of an umbrella. No matter how hot it is, the... More 

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Kew Gardens
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This was not the place to go on a sweltering hot day like we did. We had the entire trail to ourselves and we were given umbrellas for shade. But we could not read all the plaques because the kids were complaining big time. The water fountain by the trail gave hot drinks which was no help. It is an... More 

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Peterborough, New Hampshire
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

What a fascinating museum. We arrived in Phoenix, booked into the Doubletree and we're able to get the hotel shuttle to take us to this beautiful museum/park run by the city of Phoenix. The museum centers around an archeological dig and celebrates the culture of the Hohokam people who lived here from about 700 A.D. until around 1450 A.D. When... More 

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