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“Cool ruin site in the middle of Phoenix!”

Pueblo Grande Museum
Ranked #37 of 228 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
Fairfax, Virginia
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218 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Cool ruin site in the middle of Phoenix!”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

This is a partially-excavated ruin site that is worth the visit. Not as interesting as other sites, as some parts are re-constructed or built per what they used to look like. Interesting features including an acqueduct and a ball court.

Visited July 2012
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Very interesting educational experience”
Reviewed March 8, 2013

The Pueblo Grande is a very interesting archeological museum and grounds. There is so much fascinating information to learn about the Hohokum Indians and the land. There is a theater and the 10 minute movie that explains everything that you need to know before you explore the grounds and the museum. Next to the theater is an interesting interactive gallery that explains what archeology is. Outside is a one mile self guided walk around and above the ruins. This would be unpleasant in the heat as there is really no shade anywhere. It is best to go in the morning or on a cool day. The museum is very small and contains quite a few artifacts. We spent a little over an hour there and the price is very reasonable. If you have AAA, they offer a discount off admission.

Visited March 2013
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“Informative Museum Area”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

The staff here were very helpful and answered our numerous questions displaying their knowledge of the subject. They also made suggestions of other places to visit to expand on some of the topics and to show other parts of the history.
Amazing to see this ancient area in the middle of downtown Phoenix.

Visited December 2012
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Lexington, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Interesting archeology in the desert...”
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!

Visited February 2013
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Gilbert, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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

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