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“Interesting archeology in the desert...”

Pueblo Grande Museum
Ranked #37 of 234 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: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed February 14, 2013

A very unique archeological dig. The walkways are well constructed and well marked and the signs are very good at explaining the structures in view. Because they are so old, a lot of it is conjecture so it's a neat place to visit for the history but don't expect to have a full description of ancient life there. The canal system part of it was very interesting to me but all of the focus on the large undefined mound and constant discussion of trash mounds was a bit odd to me. That said, I'm glad that I visited here and the staff in the visitor center and gift shop are very friendly and helpful so give it a look!

Thank deb8699
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

small,gives some idea of how the indians lived,I wished it had more to see and do, but it was nicely kept.would probably not go back though

1  Thank Jackie S
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

if you are into old ruins, this is a place to visit... located right in the Phoenix area....you won't have to drive too far and the park is open year round... always an amazing thing to see..

Thank Herman02
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

The outside exhibits were a little disappointing. You need a lot of imagination to 'see' the Pueblo. Better tour the inside museum first. You will have at least an overview an an overall understanding what was going on hundreds of years ago. If you take your time and inhale all the information provided you will be filled in with lots of details of Hohokam people everyday life.
The Pueblo itself is mostly filled up with dirt to protect it from the elements. So just some walls can be seen while walking on top of the Pueblo.
We had some luck and an Indian Art and Crafts market was going on. It was fun to stroll around and talk to the artists and admire their work. We enjoyed a cactus chili with fried bread. One stand informed about true indigenous art and all kind of fakes and look alikes that are sold to people. Very interesting! We took the test to sort out the true art from the fakes and scored less than 30%. If you have the chance to visit while a market is being held, go for it. Otherwise you should bring some interest in history, ancient cultures and archeology to enjoy it.

1  Thank abceschweitzer
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

We spent 1.5 hours exploring this site and the pictorial displays. The information was very informative and it was relatively easy to visualize life in the days of the Pueblo peoples.

Thank TravelGirl181747
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