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 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

 

 

When Rez Dogs Howlhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4274When Rez Dogs HowlPueblo Grande Museum7/7/2022 7:00:00 AM5/14/2023 7:00:00 AMGP0|#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 ​ When Rez Dogs Howl is a new body of work by Thomas 'Breeze' Marcus. The exhibit explores the layers, complications, and duality of juxtaposing contemporary O'Odham with traditional narratives and ancestral ties to the Phoenix basin and throughout the Sonoran Desert. This exhibit was generously funded by the Friends of Pueblo Grande Museum. Thomas 'Breeze' Marcus has been spray-painting large-scale murals throughout the City of Phoenix for nearly three decades. He is also a studio painter and has done work for various museum collections and exhibits throughout the country. Marcus' art is directly inspired by graffiti, public art, contemporary Native issues, and his Akimel and Tohono O'Odham heritage. By finding and creating parallels in his artwork, Marcus carries on a long lineage of creative and innovative history in the Phoenix area. When Rez Dogs Howl will be on display at Pueblo Grande Museum from July 7, 2022 to May 14, 2023. The public is invited to attend a free opening exhibit reception from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 7 at Pueblo Grande Museum . No


Vision

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