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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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A DELIGHTFUL STEP INTO THE PAST - HOW THE WEST WAS SETTLED

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed December 1, 2016
Robert D
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Lake Forest, California
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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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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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Fishers, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016

I have always wanted to go back in time to a small western town. This place is tat nand more. I was amazed at all the buildings - some restored and some new additions. Each building has a story to tell. Really enjoyed it and just a nominal fee to take it all in. What a great way to go... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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128 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

Take a step back in time in this quaint pioneer village! $9 / adult will get you through the gate where you can spend a good couple hours walking around this well thought out, interesting attraction. While some of the buildings are replicas, there are actual restored buildings with very interesting history. We visited at the end of July, so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

We loved this museum. They have so many original buildings and they are all decorated with actual pieces from the old days. They close at 11am in the summer months due to the heat. We would have loved to get there a lot earlier so we had time to walk through and enjoy the exhibit. We had to rush through... More 

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