Pueblo Grande Museum The Repository of Ancient Culture
If you are someone who loves history and archeology, then it’s time to for a visit to the Pueblo Grande Museum. It is located in phoenix at a 1,500 year-old Hohokam village ruins which is 15 minutes away from the Sky Harbor International Airport. This 102 acre park is referred as a national historic park and an accredited museum that reveals the history and life of Hohokam people. The main highlights of this museum includes an 800 year-old Hohokam Platform Mound ruins, a prehistoric ball court and two full-scale replicas of prehistoric Hohokam dwellings.
There are a lot of indoor and outdoor exhibits in the museum. The interior of the museum have three galleries that feature the prehistoric cultures of the people who lived from 450 to 1450 A.D. It also focuses on the farmers who worked on the Salt and Gila River valleys. The diversity of cultures of the ancient people is showed off on a timeline that starts from 1920 to present. The outdoor trails cover the actual Hohokam village where you can walk through the ruins and explore the life of ancient people. You can see the original irrigation canals, cemeteries, playgrounds and pathways here.
Pueblo Grande Museum provides educational programs that cover the archaeology, history, and cultural studies and help people to involve with the tools. The programs aims at promoting awareness and roles of the museum, preservation and appreciation of cultural resources, providing interpretations on archaeology and Native American cultures and also the status of archaeology in the Salt River Valley and Arizona.
Today, the Pueblo Grande Museum serves as a large repository of many objects and arts collected from the historic sites. It includes the Akimel O’odham (Pima), Piipash (Maricopa) and Historic Maricopa pottery. The museum is open every day and you can spend time inside for two hours. With the enormous collection of ancient arts, the museum has gained plenty of visitor interactions.