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“A Better Day at Pioneer Village!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum

Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum
3901 West Pioneer Road, Phoenix, AZ 85086
602 465 4052
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Ranked #66 of 129 attractions in Phoenix
Type: History Museums
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Owner description: Guides in period costume show guests through an authentic turn-of-the-century Arizona village.
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“A Better Day at Pioneer Village!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2006

I and my husband also accompanied my daughters second grade class for a field trip to Pioneer Village. As part of the introduction to Pioneer Village they do go over gun safety with the children, we did not experience any of the unpleasantries that the previous poster talks about. They even went so far as to tell us that if any of the children became frightened by the loudness of the blanks being fired to feel free to leave the presentation and take them over to the gift shop. One of the little girls in the group was afraid and I took her over to the gift shop where the wonderful young girl working shut the gift shop door the block out the sound, called the cat from out of the back room for the little girl to play with and went and got her a warm blanket as she was shaking. She went out of her way to make this a better situation. Neither my husband nor I had been to Pioneer Village since we were young, we were impressed with the amount of work that has been done and had an extremely enjoyable day. We found all the employees and volunteers to be extremely knowlegable and kind. We will be taking the kids back again as soon as the weather cools off some.

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“"Buyer beware"”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2006

Today our second grade classes visited the museum. One of the cowboys, appropriately named "Terrible Tom", was giving a speech about gun safety and became angry and scary toward the children when he thought they were being irreverent. In fact, they had thought he was kidding about something, since he had been funny at the morning orientation. He sent his sheriff into the crowd to "arrest' a boy and even towered over the children, yelling at them. Some began to cry and others were stunned and afraid. Even the parents/teachers were unnerved by this emotional guy with a long coat, loud voice and gun on his belt.
The museum also had a life-like mannikin man hanging from a noose that was too realistic for our crowd., and the children wanted to know if the mannikin in the coffin really WAS real and had been killed by the rattlesnake.
This museum needs to take some classes on the mind of a child,stop scaring the visitors and start doing some solid educating.

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