Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park

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For thousands of years, the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People, known to archaeologists as the Hohokam, have lived in Phoenix and the surrounding areas. They have been intimately connected to the landscape transforming it for their needs including the irrigation canals and agricultural fields still visible behind the museum. The village of Pueblo Grande was settled around AD 500, and was occupied for over 1000 years. After AD 1400, the population declined and the people relocated to smaller villages. The Akimel O’Odham, descendants of the people who lived at Pueblo Grande, still live and thrive in the Phoenix area.​​

The Museum and park is an extraordinary archaeological site where visitors can see a platform mound, a ballcourt, and centuries-old irrigation canals that are among the rare, remaining examples of these people’s exceptional architecture and engineering skills. The museum and site anchor's Phoenix to its prehistoric roots and is the only publicly accessible ancestral village site in the City.

Set among busy traffic corridors, adjacent to an international airport and surrounded by a diverse neighborhood, the museum is a quiet island of history, where over ten centuries of human solutions to the threats of heat and drought are preserved for the public. The City of Phoenix sprawls over—and conceals—this legacy.

Land Acknowledgement Statement: 

​The Parks and Recreation Department acknowledges the City of Phoenix is located within Native Land. Read the department's commitment to respecting Ancestral Indigenous Communities.

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​​Upcoming Events



Welcome Back Volunteer Lunch!https://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4399Welcome Back Volunteer Lunch!Pueblo Grande Community Room, 4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 8503410/8/2022 6:30:00 PM10/8/2022 8:00:00 PMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b Calling all existing and prospective volunteers! October 5 th or 8 th we will be hosting our kick-off for the 2022-2023 volunteer program, and we would like to welcome both our returning volunteers and anyone who is interested in getting started! Both meetings will cover the same topics so please feel free to choose one and sign up! Lunch will be provided! You can sign up here https//www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0D4BA8AD2DABFA7-volunteer Stick around after to enjoy a lecture on “The Tools of an Archaeologist Using Digital Archaeology to see the Past" by Dr. Emily Fioccoprile. No
Lecture: “The Tools of an Archaeologist: Using Digital Archaeology to see the Past”:https://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4400Lecture: “The Tools of an Archaeologist: Using Digital Archaeology to see the Past”:Pueblo Grande Community Room, 4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 8503410/8/2022 8:00:00 PM10/8/2022 9:00:00 PMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b Picture an archaeologist. What kinds of tools do you imagine they have? You might say a trowel for excavating, a mesh screen for sifting through the soil, or a sturdy pair of boots for trekking through the landscape. But what about a computer with powerful mapping software, a digital camera, or a satellite? Join us for this free lecture as Dr. Emily Fioccoprile introduces some of the digital tools that archaeologists use to study and visualize the past. In particular, the lecture focuses on how digital archaeology helps us to understand past landscapes. It explores the following questions •What kinds of digital tools do archaeologists have in their toolkit? •How do archaeologists know what places looked like in the past? •How and why do archaeologists create images of past landscapes? •Now that archaeology has gone digital, how useful are traditional methods and paper records? Is digital better than analog? All ages are welcome, and no prior experience with archaeology is necessary. Cost FREE​ No
Mudslinging at the Museumhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4402Mudslinging at the MuseumPueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 8503410/15/2022 3:00:00 PM10/15/2022 6:00:00 PMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b Come help us preserve history while having some fun! At Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, we have a beautiful va’aki or platform mound that was constructed by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People during the Classic Period (1150-1450 CE). While there are varying opinions on the purpose of this structure, one thing for certain is they held a lot of significance for the people who built them. At its height, there were over 40 mounds in the Salt River Valley. However, few remain making it vitally important to preserve and protect this site which is where you come in! The va’aki needs routine maintenance to counteract the erosion from wind, rain, and other environmental circumstances. We do this by mudslinging! Which is exactly as it sounds. We apply layers of mud to exposed surfaces to mitigate erosion. This is done by a team of dedicated volunteers known as the PGM Mudslingers. Join us in preserving the va’aki ! No experience required, just be sure to bring some water, a hat, your sunscreen, and your desire to play in the mud! If you would like to learn more or join the team, please email us at pks.PGM.Volunteers@Phoenix.gov . No
International Archaeology Dayhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4401International Archaeology DayPueblo Grande Museum, 4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 8503410/15/2022 4:00:00 PM10/15/2022 11:45:00 PMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b October 15th is International Archaeology Day! Pueblo Grande Museum will have all sorts of activities to celebrate! We will have ​ Mudslinging at the Museum from 8 to 11 a.m. Museum and Archaeological Park will be open 9 a.m. to 445 p.m., trails close at 430 p.m. Crafts and International Archaeology Day Bingo throughout the day Desert Saguaro Circle Meditative Movement , a yoga class lead by Preston Sam, from 9 to 10 a.m. SALT's Monthly Ancient Skills workshop from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dr. Joel Palka's Lecture , “Ecological Aquaculture and Domesticated Waterscapes in Ancient Maya Society, Subsistence, and Art in Chiapas, Mexico" from 1230 to 130 p.m. Join us in celebrating International Archeology Day with all these fun activities all free with admission! No
Desert Saguaro Circle Meditative Movementhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4404Desert Saguaro Circle Meditative MovementPueblo Grande Museum Saguaro Circle, 4619 E Washington St, Phoenix, AZ 8503410/15/2022 4:00:00 PM10/15/2022 5:00:00 PMGP0|#5a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0;L0|#05a6a607d-8eed-4a8d-826c-3328d59cefd0|Parks and Recreation;GTSet|#517b07ab-dd83-4937-994c-c703834583f1;GPP|#c91454cd-5b28-4d66-bc01-17d32298aa9b Join us for a free 60-minute mindful movement outdoor class for all ability levels led by Navajo Nation member, Preston Sam, in the Saguaro Circle. Fresh fruit and water bottles will be provided courtesy of Bashas’ Family of Stores. There will be limited number of yoga mats, so if you have one, please bring your own. This class is for ages 8 and up. Indigenous Wellness Initiative of Arizona is hosting this class as part of their mission to create a meaningful and robust meditative movement experience by celebrating our beautiful diversity and investing all proceeds towards the health and wellness of our Indigenous Peoples in Arizona. No


Pueblo Grande Museum will be recognized as the gateway to the cultural history of the Phoenix area.  In collaboration with our communities, we will create memorable experiences that link past to present.

Missi​on Statment

To honor the site of Pueblo Grande as a unique community resource through sound preservation practices, engaging educational programs, and the thoughtful care and presentation of cultural materials. For all audiences, Pueblo Grande Museum will foster understanding, appreciation, and respect for our shared cultural history.​​

4619 E. Washington Street,
Phoenix, Arizona 85034​

(602) 495-0901​