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Pueblo Grande Museum

Neighbourhood: Camelback East
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Address: 4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 85034-1909
Phone Number:
+1 602-495-0901
Today
09:00 - 16:45
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Hours:
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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Interesting museum in an odd location

Make sure you get to this museum by 3 pm in order to have enough to see everything. They close up around 4:30 and you really do need an hour and a half to walk around the ruins... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Brooklyn, New York
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Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure you get to this museum by 3 pm in order to have enough to see everything. They close up around 4:30 and you really do need an hour and a half to walk around the ruins and read all the information. We were able to get through in about 45 minutes, but it would have been nice to... More 

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Duluth
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is right across the street from a light rail stop. It is very ecucational and laid out well. Helpful literature and helpful staff.

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Bowling Green, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pueblo Grande was once an important site for the Hohokam people (and spiritually still is for modern day Native Americans). While it is not evident in the site itself, the museum displays and instructional material make it clear that this was a control site for the massive and extremely sophisticated irrigation system the Hohokam peoples had created to make the... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Anyone interested in the ancestral peoples of the Sonoran Desert will benefit from a visit to Pueblo Grande, and the City of Phoenix is to be commended for providing such a fine service. Some of the displays would benefit from more detail about the dates and sources of the artifacts, but the displays are attractive and informative.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This ancient Pueblo anthropology site is just on the edge of Phoenix. This was quite interesting . It was and archeology dig site where ruins of some of the Hopi people had lived in the 1300's . We wandered around here for a bit , worth the stop.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This museum is located near the Sky Harbour Airport and is easily accessible via the Light Rail. I found the walkway to the museum a nice touch. There are two parts to the museum, the museum itself and the archeological site outside. I decided to do the archaeological site first, but I think doing the museum first would have been... More 

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Irvine, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I recently visited with our 3 grandchildren. I think it's best to visit this museum during the winter because a major portion of it is outside and it would be too hot to do in the summer. The kids enjoyed the walking the grounds and seeing how people lived long ago. You have to stay on the... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So many cacti. some shaped like melons, some have long phlanges like string beans.I was told by the caretaker to be very careful not to get too close to a few cacti because they shoot needles at you. I am glad I did not experience that. I was amazed at the various cacti; many I had never seen before. i... More 

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Close to the airport, this is a place to fill free time on your Phoenix trip. And It seems that December second weekend they have Indian's market, and it is like an Indian only farmer's market.

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Evansville, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Not a whole lot to do here but definitely a good excursion if staying nearby. Neat to walk the grounds and read about the history of the area. Also a good morning walk -- very quiet other than the airport sounds. Reasonable price ($6 at the time of my visit) and worth the time.

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