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“Architecture of the Ancients”

Pueblo Grande Museum
Ranked #40 of 230 things to do in Phoenix
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed July 24, 2012

This place is thought to have been built by the Hohokams about 500BC. The existing canals they built were followed and expanded when Phoenix first became settled. It is actually amazing to see that a young and growing city like Phoenix saved these ruins, and recognized their value to many future generations.

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Reviewed June 23, 2012

Great place to take out of town company for some history of the area. Don't do it in the mid day summer though.

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Reviewed June 21, 2012

Visitors Center is excellent, the grounds are ancient mounds of ruins and are interesting but not preserved and made near original, but still very nice and gives you and idea of the area 700 years ago.

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Reviewed June 10, 2012

To explore ancient Native American ruins is to reach out to a people who lived so very long ago and to make a connection. Pueblo Grande was the first ruin I visited when I moved to Arizona over 50 years ago. Probably the most easily accessible ruin on Arizona, or at least in the Valley of the Sun, Pueblo Grande has allowed those of us living in the modern day era a glimpse into the lives of a people long gone. The video is well done and after exploring this treasure, you may find yourself wanting to know more and more about the ancient ones of Arizona.

Thank TrvlHawaii
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Reviewed May 25, 2012

We were really impressed with the interpretation and accessibility of this site! They have obviously geared this toward educating children as well as making it interesting for adults. It's amazing that they have these protected ruins right there in the city! It's a great historical site to visit and really gives you a feel for how the Hohokam people lived.

Thank Judith B
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