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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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1:00 pm - 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

Explore the ancient heart of Phoenix at Pueblo Grande Museum, located...

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 Overview of Local Native American History

I went here with my brother, his girlfriend and my father. This museum showcases the history of the Pueblo and other Native Americans very well. the exhibits had a wide variety of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Phoenix has so many great places, but this one is small and should not be overlooked. Archaeological digs are on site. This is a great place for kids and the visit is not as exhausting as visits to larger museums.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

I went here with my brother, his girlfriend and my father. This museum showcases the history of the Pueblo and other Native Americans very well. the exhibits had a wide variety of items and were informative without having too much reading associated with it. The do have a small changing exhibit that is associated with native American History. the outside... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Being able to visit a mound that was possibly used by Native people more than 1400 years ago was absolutely fascinating. You do want to do it early in the morning. The outside trail around the mound is fascinating but in the heat of the day may not be the best idea. The museum offers you an umbrella when you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

If you come to Pueblo grande expecting Mesa Verde, you're going to be disappointed. If you come expecting to find a great museum and learn about an ancient Indian culture, you'll enjoy your visit. The trail is paved and flat so it is wheelchair friendly. In the summer though I would take a motorized chair or the pusher might not... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I spent part of my growing-up years in AZ, and wanted to give my kids a taste of the Native America history I'd learned about while there. We didn't have hours to drive to some of the ruins in more remote areas of AZ, so I was glad to find ruins right in the center of Phoenix. It's true that... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

When we visited the museum, there was a celebration going on. Without the celebration, there isn't much to see. There are a few examples of homes that we could walk into and see, but not much else going on. It was a nice experience for the girls since there were vendors there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Pueblo grand is a great little museum and site to learn about the history of the valley. It's only 6 bucks and located right at the LRT and Sky Rail stop, so it's very easy to get to. The outdoor portion lets you walk around the site (stay on the path) and learn about the culture of the people... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We visited a lot of archaeological sites on our road trip through Arizona, by far this was the best. $5 entrance to an great museum, an immense archaeological site and lovely reconstructions. As an added bonus it's 15 minutes from Phoenix airport so would neatly fill those last few hours of your holiday. We were luck enough to get a... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

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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