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Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum

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Address: 3901 W Pioneer Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85086-7020
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+1 602-465-4052
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Wed - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Guides in period costume show guests through an authentic...

Guides in period costume show guests through an authentic turn-of-the-century Arizona village.

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Good Place for a Walk

We visited this place for something to do with young children. On the positive side there are sidewalks leading to each building. Other than three ladies who were making lace... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Dan K
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Zanesville, Ohio
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was expecting a more vibrant old west town with period actors and buildings that we could walk in. Unfortunately this is basically a bunch of old buildings from across Arizona that have been relocated to this location that are locked up so you can look into them and that's about it. There were two period actors during the time... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Buildings were locked so that you could only poke your head in for a peek—probably just as well given that everything was dingy and dusty, with rodent droppings visible under the furniture in most of the houses. Very poorly kept compared to comparable places we've seen, such as Fort Verde. Ducks in filthy water. Furniture falling apart, like an "authentic"... More 

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Zanesville, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited this place for something to do with young children. On the positive side there are sidewalks leading to each building. Other than three ladies who were making lace designs, there were no period characters or demonstrations and we were there on a Saturday. The building sites are well done and most have a plaque with the building's original... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017 via mobile

We just spent a delightful few hours wandering around at the Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum. There were some fascinating original and restored buildings depicting life here during the 1800s. The buildings had plaques explaining their history. We wandered up to a simulated old mine and miner's cabin. It was interesting to see and try to understand how the early... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

We only saw three volunteers in period dress. They were all fantastic, but the rest of the place was empty. We were told that if a school tour was scheduled the volunteers show up. We came to this site over 8 years ago and it was a lot of fun with a lot of volunteers. It is now run as... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016

Located north of the West Carefree Highway, just off I-17, Pioneer Living History Museum is dedicated to the memory of explorers, mountain men, trappers and traders such as Kit Carson, miners, settlers, and farmers that traveled through the Arizona Territories prior and after the Civil War, the Indian Wars and the California Gold Rush. The outdoor museum and park consists... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

I haven't been in a few years, but the last time there were people in period costumes. Reading a previous review of not having any actors there. It could be they might not be there during the week. It is a good location for photographing the old buildings There is a hill to the west which is fairly photographic as... More 

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Thank Yrneh1
Scottsdale, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016

My 26 year old brother and I stopped by during the "Rebels and Redcoats" weekend in November. The live demos - the soldiers' tents, the gunfight, and the haywagon tour were entertaining; however, most of the sights were unstaffed and can be viewed from a doorway or window. The crowd on our day were mostly elementary school groups, which created... More 

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Lethbridge, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2016

We visited hoping to learn about life in Arizona in the early years. While the building and layout provided an insight there were no staff to be found that could discuss the exhibits or demonstrate some of the exhibits. The interiors of buildings were not accessible, I imagine that because of the lack of staff. This diminished the overall experience.... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

Internet says there are actors in period clothes, gun fights, and shows. Also states you can browse thru a period dress shop and pan for gold. Everything was closed even the restaurant. No shows, gunfights, or anyone in period clothes. The only people I saw were other visitors. The buildings were very interesting with a lot of history on each... More 

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