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“Informative Tour and Interesting Site” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pueblo Grande Museum

Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 E. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034 (Camelback East)
+1 602-495-0901
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Ranked #51 of 217 things to do in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“Informative Tour and Interesting Site”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

We spent 1.5 hours exploring this site and the pictorial displays. The information was very informative and it was relatively easy to visualize life in the days of the Pueblo peoples.

Visited December 2012
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“Less than I had hoped for”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

It was a mound of dirt. Ok that is what archeology is about, however it could have been made more interesting. Even the museum part left a lot to be desired. But it was free. I went about 14 years ago so it may have improved since then.

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“Very close, altogether worthwhile”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013

Walk around a fascinating ancient Hohokam pueblo, partially excavated, with two ancient ball courts and a supporting museum with as much for the children as the adults. If you can't get to Wupatki or other ruins, at least do this.

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“One great choice of "things to do" for a long layover at PDX.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

If you have at least a 3-hour layover at Sky Harbor, then this is a feasible outing. I did so along with my wife, two young sons, and two carry-on suitcases, and four backpacks. It initially seemed awkward to be carrying luggage around a museum, but I received no strange looks. Anyhow, my main concern when venturing out from the airport during my layover was whether I would return in time, so I will summarize the process.

1) Find the basic directions for the traveler at Sky Harbor's website http://skyharbor.com/PhxPerspective/layover.html

2) 30 minutes - venture out to Pueblo Grande Museum. This may first involve a lengthy walk from the terminal to ground level transportation. Then, you hop upon a free shuttle bus to the transit center. From there you walk to the opposite corner to the museum, which is about a 10-minute walk. There is not much else around, so you will see the museum easily.

3) 60-90 minutes - visit the museum and grounds. The museum recommends 90 minutes for your visit, but 60 minutes would give a fair amount of time to at least explore the Native American ruins, which I would personally prioritize over the artifacts found inside. A visit can be further dissected into four parts: A) Watch a short but educational 10-minute documentary offering purpose for your visit, B) pursue a relatively small room covering the basics of arcaeology, C) tour the ancient Hohokam ruins outside, and D) wander back inside to view artifacts discovered at the grounds and surrounding areas.

4) 30 minutes - return to find your departing gate. Walking back across the street, you can easily find the same shuttle service that brought you. The service is continuous, so the shuttle was already there when I arrived at the transit center but did not depart until 5 minutes or so had passed. Also, the TSA wait times can vary at the airport. I was there on a calm day, so my wait was minimal, but other days may demand more time.

All in all, stepping out of the airport to visit Pueblo Grande was a worthwhile trip. I find genuine, ancient ruins fascinating, so I was impressed. There are no major structures left, but you can view the original remains of the perimeter walls of the village upon a hill, which consist of an adobe-like substrate. Players of elementary school handball back home, the imaginations of my younger boys were sparked by the excavated "ball pit." The grounds also had recreations of a couple Hohokam homes, one which you could tour the interior. Several canals surrounding the property were first dug by the Hohokam people hundreds of years ago and are still in use today!

The only dissuading factor for a visit would be the weather. When I was there, the temperature was in the high 70s, so it was comfortable. Ten degrees warmer might have given me second thoughts. If it's not too hot, though, I think this place is worth a shot.

Visited November 2012
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“Very interesting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

We enjoyed having our own personal tour guide/docent to tell us about the history and point out things we might have missed if we had been on our own!

Visited March 2012
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