Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park

#12 in Best Things To Do in Phoenix
Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park picture
Robot Brainz/Flickr

Key Info

4619 East Washington St.

Price & Hours

$6 for adults; 3 for kids 6-17; free for kids 6 and younger
Mon-Sat 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. | Sun 1-4:45 p.m.

Details

Museums, Sightseeing Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.4scorecard
  • 4.0Value
  • 2.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

History and archaeology buffs should put a trip to Pueblo Grande, a National Historic Landmark and the largest preserved archaeological site within Phoenix, at the top of their list of things to do. This site features the ruins of an ancient Hohokam village – which approximately 1,000 people once called home – that mysteriously disappeared around A.D. 1450. Walk among what's left of houses, storage facilities, play areas and cemeteries on a short, accessible trail. You can also view artifacts found during the site's excavation at the small on-site museum.

Recent visitors called this site a "hidden gem" and praised the well-maintained grounds, as well as the small museum. Reviewers recommend setting aside at least an hour to enjoy the attraction, though some reported spending more than two hours here. Though there are a few interactive exhibits in the museum for children, most said this attraction is best enjoyed by adults.

The Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park neighbors the Phoenix airport and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Sunday afternoons from 1 to 4:45 p.m. From May through September, the site is closed Sundays and Mondays. Admission costs $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6 to 17. On-site facilities include a museum store. For more information, check out the website for the City of Phoenix.

See all Hotels in Phoenix »

More Best Things To Do in Phoenix

Desert Botanical Garden
Camelback Mountain
Type
Time to Spend
1 of 14
#1 Desert Botanical Garden

The desert may seem like the last place you'd expect to find flora. Yet the Desert Botanical Garden is home to thousands of species of cacti, trees and flowers from all around the world. The garden's brightly colored plants sharply contrast the Sonoran Desert's cinnamon-red buttes, and numerous hiking trails–like

Read more
Courtesy Desert Botanical Garden
See full list of Best Things To Do in Phoenix »

Explore More of Phoenix

Recommended

The 21 Most Beautiful Waterfalls to See Around the World

Discover which stunning falls offer once-in-a-lifetime travel experiences.

Kyle McCarthyApril 25, 2019

The 20 Best Michigan State Parks

Two peninsulas, four Great Lakes and innumerable natural highlights elevate Michigan's state parks.

Zach WatsonApril 18, 2019

50 Awesome Vacation Ideas for Every Type of Traveler

Consider these vacation ideas for your next getaway.

Holly JohnsonApril 11, 2019

The 13 Best National Parks in California

You won't regret adding one of these national parks to your California itinerary.

Rachel CenterApril 10, 2019

10 Beautiful Places to Visit in the South of France

Plan a getaway to these special destinations to soak up culture, cuisine and quaint atmospheres.

Gwen PratesiApril 8, 2019

Best Carry-on Luggage of 2019

U.S. News rated the best carry-on luggage, considering recommendations from experts and consumers.

Lyn MettlerApril 3, 2019

The 11 Best Utah National Parks and Monuments to Visit

From birding to bouldering to boating, Utah's national parks have it all.

Zach WatsonApril 2, 2019

The 30 Best Zoos in the U.S.

Get an up-close look at wild creatures in natural settings at America's top animal parks.

Kyle McCarthyMarch 28, 2019

15 Scenic Train Rides to Add to Your Bucket List

Climb aboard these locomotives for jaw-dropping views.

Christine SmithMarch 26, 2019

13 Top Places to Visit in Tuscany, Italy

Ditch the crowded streets of Rome or Milan and head to Italy's picturesque countryside.

Lyn MettlerMarch 25, 2019