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“a short walk in the heat”

Pueblo Grande Museum
Ranked #36 of 228 things to do in Phoenix
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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
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“a short walk in the heat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

Most of this museum is outside (and in late June it was touching 100Fahrenheit).
Only a 3/4 mile walk with some seating and occasional shade.
Interesting recreations with walls raised and doorways enlarged to allow for modern building codes and for tourists to enter.
Indoor museum was of less interest but staff really helpful and full of information.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank MastG
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Edmonton, Canada
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“Good first ruin to see”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2013

As soon as you leave the airport and pick up your rental car, you can drive over to Pueblo Grande. It's a great introduction to the Hohokam people. Very informative museum which was built beside this historic site. Outside the museum, you can walk around and get up close to the ruins, petroglyphs, and cactus. We were given an impromtu, free tour from one of the museum staff. He imparted a wealth of information that made us appreciate the site more.
Easy walk around.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank SizL
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Abuja, Nigeria
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Learn about the Hohokam People”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

The museum was only $6, which was good because it was small. There are indoor exhibits, including a small interactive room for children. Outdoors you walk through the ruins and they have some replicas of buildings (larger than the originals due to building codes). Go early if you go in the summer because it will get very hot otherwise.
The museum store is overpriced. There was some hand-made jewelry there that made me gasp when I saw the price. There were no precious stones in the jewelry and they were asking $60, $75, or even $90. After I saw the $90 price tag, I stopped looking. But the museum itself was interesting.

Visited June 2013
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Gearhart, Oregon
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“History by the airport”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

The ruins here survived in part and it is impressive that they did. The visitors center has an interesting interpretive video to put things in context. There are exhibits to help understand more. There is a mound that has been excavated and stabilized so you can't see much. There is a game court for an unknown game as well as other excavated structures. There are also replicas of houses and kitchen and growing crops typical of 1000 years ago. Worth walking around the grounds, even in 100 degree+ weather but it is 3/4 mile or less. We will bring visitors here in the future.

Visited June 2013
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Santa Rosa, California
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“Home of the Ancients”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

Although not as grand as Chaco Canyon or Mesa Verde this museum is for one thing here in Phoenix and is easily accessible. It houses an excellent collection of Native American artifacts and exhibits. Also available for view are ongoing archaeological excavations and restorations on the grounds of the museum.

Visited September 2012
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