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Pueblo Grande Museum

Neighborhood: Camelback East
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Address: 4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034-1909
Phone Number: +1 602-495-0901
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9:00 am - 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
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Explore the ancient heart of Phoenix at Pueblo Grande Museum, located on a...

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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Interesting diversion for an hour or so

Enjoyed the visit. Loved seeing the trees and cactus up close. Staff was friendly, interior was cool. Outside was hot but well laid out

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Springfield, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is an amazing place, right in the heart of Phoenix, that once was the site of a Village for the ancient people of the Valley. Luckily, it has been perserved for all to see. Reasonably priced; It is only $6.00 for adults, and $5.00 for seniors, $3.00 for kids, and young children are free. It is open Monday thru... More 

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Balt MD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Enjoyed the visit. Loved seeing the trees and cactus up close. Staff was friendly, interior was cool. Outside was hot but well laid out

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Bluffton, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great museum telling the story of the Hohokam Indians. Inside is lots of information about these ancient people with some interactive exhibits, and then outside are the ruins that you can walk through. Very reasonable admission price, and on this hot day, they had umbrellas that visitors could use.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I never expected a museum like this was right in downtown Phoenix! I loved the contrast of walking around the ancient ruins while watching airplanes land just beyond us. I had never heard of the Hohokam, and found it fascinating. I'm sure we would have spent much more time here if it hadn't been 114 degrees! (We REALLY appreciated the... More 

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Port Charlotte, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

OK, I am a historian and this may be biased. This site is a museum, ancient ruin, and an ongoing archaeological dig. I planned to visit it as soon as I got off the plane but they are closed on Monday, as are many AZ attractions in summer. For anyone interested in the history of the southwest this is a... More 

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Langley, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

ever wonder how people could build miles or irrigation channels and plant miles of fields all by hand?? The history and presentation at this place is awesome. Make sue you watch the video of the people that built this place and the effort required to make the entire area a productive farm. Simply amazed at how this was all done... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

We had no idea how wonderful this museum would be. Great information and well presented. The museum itself has so many artifacts.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

This is a must see for anyone visiting Phoenix - I had no knowledge of the Hohokam people prior to my visit to Phoenix, and so it was fascinating to learn about them and the way they lived. It's relatively cheap to visit and also fairly quick - so no reason not to pop in and see an important archaeological... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

For some reasons my gps could not find it at first. Make sure you will put sunscreen the sun is really heavy while walking outside. I really liked the Indians homes and interior inside them. I like the history and exhibits inside the museum. Museum is not busy I liked iw as the only person walking in pueblo.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

The very nice museum shows the sophistication and highly developed organization of the Hohokam people 1500 years ago. I learned a lot in the museum and also very much enjoyed the ruins and reconstructed dwellings. Recommended highly for adults and kids interested in learning more about the pre-European history of the Southwest.

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