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Pueblo Grande Museum

Neighbourhood: Camelback East
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Address: 4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034-1909
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+1 602-495-0901
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09:00 - 16:45
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Sun 13:00 - 16:45
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 16:45
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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Manageable Size, Well-done, Interesting and Informative.

This is a small to medium-size site (reminds me of the Gray Fossil Museum in my area of East Tennessee). The displays on the inside of the museum are clear and interesting... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Bellevue, Washington, United States
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I visited this museum and former dig site (from the 1930's) in early April. The museum itself is rather small and limited in the number of items/artifacts. They do a good job of showing the canal system and offer a brief history of the Hohokam. The museum store is very small and seems to be focused on... More 

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Maryville, Tennessee
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a small to medium-size site (reminds me of the Gray Fossil Museum in my area of East Tennessee). The displays on the inside of the museum are clear and interesting. There is an area for children to touch and explore, there is a tiny gift shop and outside are both recreations and excavated areas. The outside area is... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The price is certainly right and the site is interesting, but there really is not much left of the original Pueblo and the small museum houses artifacts that are historically interesting. I think the most interesting thing is the history of the site and the cultural level that the people reached. It's really interesting to combine this with the Heard... More 

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This is a great museum if you're on a budget! It was $18 for 2 adults and 2 kids. It's amazing how well preserved some of the site is and to walk though 1,000 year old history in the middle of Phoenix is really something! You can see what life was like in a couple of the outside exhibits. The... More 

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Reviewed 23 March 2017

We were lucky to go on the annual children's activities day on a recent Saturday afternoon. My six-year-old granddaughter got to make a sand painting, carve some petroglyphs, hand-craft a mud brick, see replicas of Hohokam dwellings, hike with a very knowledgable guide to the top of the largest mound structure on the site... so much more. The staff and... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

If you're not able to get to the casa grande museum further south this is worth a visit. This has a playing field which the casa grands does not. The inside museum and the 10 minute film are worth the time.

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

You have to approach this with the proper expectations because you'll be hugely disappointed if you're expecting anything at all like Mesa Verde or other large pueblo sites. The ruins are just some low walls on a mound and the museum itself is nestled between interstate highways and the airport. It's a very good museum given what they have to... More 

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Hamilton, New York
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

My husband and I really enjoyed walking the dig. The history was very interesting. Watching the video before doing the walk gave us the necessary information to understand the dig. Wear walking shoes and water. The view of the mountains was beautiful.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

When we travel, we like to see something of the local historical culture; thought we would find it here, but unfortunately, not much. From the website: "Pueblo Grande Museum is an archaeological site left by the Hohokam culture." According to the material at the museum, the Hohokam Indians lived in this area centuries ago and build very intricate canals for... More 

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Englewood, New Jersey
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Reviewed 3 March 2017

This museum, not too far from the Phoenix Airport, is a gem. The museum is devoted to the Hohokam people, almost certainly the ancesters of many Native American groups still alive today. The Hohokam were a farming people who lived in what is today central and southern Arizona and northern Mexico, starting about the turn of the current era. By... More 

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