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Pueblo Grande Museum

Neighborhood: Camelback East
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Address: 4619 E. Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034
Phone Number: +1 602-495-0901
1:00 pm - 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

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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Very convenient for public transport!

An interesting place to visit and one very convenient for anyone without a car. It is opposite a light rail station (and the Crowne Plaza hotel) and very close to the airport via... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2016
maryanne m
London, United Kingdom
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Port Charlotte, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Winchester, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

This one museum sheds light on the people that lived in the valley before the settlers arrived. They have great artifacts about the houses, tools and really explain a lot about the irrigation system. That system of canals are what the current canals are based on and even follow the same ancient ditches. There is a lot of information about... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2016

An interesting place to visit and one very convenient for anyone without a car. It is opposite a light rail station (and the Crowne Plaza hotel) and very close to the airport via the skytrain. Early morning visit recommended before it gets too hot.

1 Thank maryanne m
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

The perfect family activity for us, with both inside and outdoor exhibits. Wear comfortable walking shoes. Outside you will find an actual platform Hohokam mound, their sports arena and exhibits which you can walk through of what their villages looked like. My children (age 6 & 8) had much fun exploring and learning at the same time. Indoors, there is... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2016

We only visited here as it is across the road from the Crowne Plaza. It all appeared to be a recreated so not sure how much is original.The ball court was fascinating and we did enjoy but do not expect too much.

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Pueblo G, Public Relations Manager at Pueblo Grande Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting Pueblo Grande Museum and taking the time to review our museum. To answer your comment about how much is original, the platform mound and ballcourt are excavated archaeological features, original to the Pueblo Grande village site which was occupied from AD 450 to AD 1450. We include the excavation history of the site on the signage... More 

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