​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

S'edav Va'aki Museum

Mound Tour 2014.jpg

​Announcement!

As of March 23, 2023, Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeo​logical Park has been renamed to "S'edav Va'aki Museum." Stay tuned for updates to the new signage and other changes and activities this fall! Thank you for your continued support and we look forward to sharing with you Phoenix's rich cultural history.

Vision

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

​​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.

Land Acknowledgment statement pic.jfif

 

 

A Year of Cultural Reverence: Renaming the S’edav Va’aki Museumhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/sedav-vaaki-museum/3042S’edav Va’aki Museum3/6/2024 11:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3042/Legacy-Mural-Newsroom-001.jpgA Year of Cultural Reverence: Renaming the S’edav Va’aki Museum<div class="ExternalClassB98B872C81534ABFABAEA4E63BA6567E"><html> <p>​As the S'edav Va'aki Museum, formerly known as Pueblo Grande, began a journey of celebrating the rich cultural history of Phoenix's ancestors, the past year has been an example to the power of identity, heritage, and inclusivity.</p> In a few short weeks the S'edav Va'aki Museum (SVM) will complete its first year applying its new name after the unanimous vote from the Phoenix Park and Recreation Board on March 23rd, 2023. The decisions to change the museum's name was not just a superficial change, this action brings attention to the reality that names have power, both emotionally and spiritually through oral history. Since that day, museum staff have worked actively to incorporate S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki's new O'Odham name to highlight the connection the site has with the local O'Odham and Piipaash communities. <br><br> In an effort to introduce positive change and meaningful engagement, SVM has debuted its new logo designed by Jacob Butler (Onk Akimel O'Odham) across many platforms to represent an identity that at the same time honors the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People and respects the native communities that currently live around the Phoenix metropolitan area.   <br><br> Continuing this transformative chapter, SVM has spent the past year updating signage throughout the site including the indoor galleries and outdoor trails in the archaeological park. In November, SVM hosted an official ceremony to celebrate the name change and to debut an onsite mural titled<em> <strong>Legacy</strong> </em>by O'Odham artist Thomas “Breeze" Marcus and the new <strong><em>What's in Our Name?</em></strong> exhibit that explores ways in which the Museum has grown through an updated mission statement, new interpretive signs, programm ing, and ultimately, an entirely new interpretation plan.<br><br> Recently, SVM continues to strive toward meaningful engagement by installing new signage next to the Legacy mural. This sign serves a platform for guests to read Breeze's artist statement in his own words, provides an overview of key features of the mural, and discusses the cultural and personal significance of the symbolism found in the artwork. <br><br> As we reflect on this journey of cultural reverence, we are reminded of the power of names, the resilience of communities, and the enduring legacy of those who came before us.<br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/sedav-vaakiNews
22nd Annual Ancient Technology Day at S’eḏav Va’aki Museumhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/sedav-vaaki-museum/3016S’edav Va’aki Museum2/8/2024 6:15:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/3016/ATD-Pump-Drill-newsroom.jpg22nd Annual Ancient Technology Day at S’eḏav Va’aki Museum<div class="ExternalClassC7228E7CDE844172BE4E31376A84009C"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Join in on the fun and test your technology skills at the S’edav Va’aki Museum’s 22nd Annual <strong>Ancient Technology Day</strong> on March 9th from 9:00AM to 3:00PM. </span></p> <div>Witness demonstrators present technologies inspired by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People who thrived in a desert environment. Learn about skills such as flint knapping (making arrowheads), raw hide drum making, etching shell jewelry, basketry production, and more! Experts in historic technologies will demonstrate sk​ills from early European settlers such as lace making and adobe brick making! Learn fun facts about the desert environment and try your shot at throwing a spear with an atlatl or using a replica bow to launch an arrow.  <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <em>Ancient Technology Day: Prehistoric & Historic</em>, an official Arizona SciTech Festival event, highlights technologies to provide our guests with a more complete understanding of Arizona’s history and its environment. In addition to hands-on demonstrations, families can enjoy free craft activities and artifact show-and-tell stations. Enjoy an experience that is fun for the whole family! <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>All Ancient Technology Day activities and Museum admission are FREE for the day! Visit phoenix.gov/sedav-vaaki or call (602) 495-0901 for more information.</div> <div>- - - </div> <div>S’eḏav Va’aki Museum (formerly Pueblo Grande) is a 1,500-year-old archaeological site once inhabited by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People. Voted a Phoenix Point of Pride and listed as a National Historic Landmark, the Museum offers two accessible interpretive trails on the prehistoric site. Visitors view a platform mound, ballcourt and irrigation canals. Indoor exhibits feature artifacts from the site and hands-on activities. The Museum provides preservation, education, and collaborative interpretation of the cultural history of the Phoenix area and is managed by the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>Throughout the year, S’eḏav Va’aki Museum offers programs for visitors of all ages. Check out www.phoenix.gov/sedav-vaaki or call (602) 495-0901 for more information about upcoming programs and events.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>S’eḏav Va’aki Museum</strong> </div> <div>4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85034</div> <div>(602) 495-0901</div> <div>www.phoenix.gov/sedav-vaaki<br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div>The Museum is located on the Southeast corner of 44th St. and Washington St.</div> <div>Accessible by the Sky Train and the Sky Harbor Airport Light Rail Station Stop</div> <div>Follow us on Facebook and Instagram <strong>@SedavVaakiMuseum</strong></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Hours:</strong>  Museum Hours:  October through April – Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4:45 p.m.  CLOSED Sunday and Monday May through September and most major holidays.  <br></div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>Admission:  </strong>Adults $6, Seniors (55+) $5, Children (6-17) $3, under 6 are Free</div> <div> <br> <br> </div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/sedav-vaakiNews
What’s In Our Name? New Exhibit Opening at S’eḏav Va’aki Museumhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/sedav-vaaki-museum/2891S’edav Va’aki Museum10/17/2023 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2891/Whats-in-Our-Name-Newsroom.jpgWhat’s In Our Name? New Exhibit Opening at S’eḏav Va’aki Museum<div class="ExternalClass117F9AF493234BECB164A547FB54B235"><html> <p> <em>​What's In Our Name?</em> celebrates the Museum's name change from Pueblo Grande to S'e<span style="text-decoration:underline;">d</span>av Va'aki, a name chosen by our tribal partners, the O'Odham, whose ancestors previously inhabited the site. Names have power, both emotionally and spiritually through oral history. The City of Phoenix is continuing on its journey of healing with this renaming. </p> <p>The exhibit will also explore other ways in which the Museum has grown through an updated mission statement, new interpretation signs, programm​ing, and ultimately, an entirely new interpretation plan.</p> <p> <em>What's In Our Name? </em>will be on display at S'eḏav Va'aki Museum from November 7, 2023 through June 2024.</p> <p>S'eḏav Va'aki Museum (formerly Pueblo Grande) is a 1,500-year-old archaeological site once inhabited by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People. Voted a Phoenix Point of Pride and listed as a National Historic Landmark, the Museum offers two accessible interpretive trails on the prehistoric site. Visitors view a platform mound, ballcourt and irrigation canals. Indoor exhibits feature artifacts from the site and hands-on activities. The Museum provides preservation, education, and collaborative interpretation of the cultural history of the Phoenix area and is managed by the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.</p> <p style="text-align:left;">Throughout the year, S'eḏav Va'aki Museum offers programs for visitors of all ages. Check out www.phoenix.gov/sedav-vaaki or call (602) 495-0901 for more information about upcoming programs and events.<span style="text-align:center;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align:left;"> <b>S'eḏav Va'aki Museum<br></b> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">4619 E. Washington St., </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Phoenix</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">, </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">AZ</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">85034<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">(602) 495-0901<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">www.phoenix.gov/sedav-vaaki<br></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The Museum is located on the Southeast corner of 44th St. and Washington St.</span> <span style="text-align:center;background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span> </p> <p> <strong>Hours:</strong>  Museum Hours:  October through April – Monday to Saturday 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Sunday 1 to 4:45 p.m.  CLOSED Sunday and Monday May through September and most major holidays.  </p> <p> <strong>Admission:</strong>  Adults $6, Seniors (55+) $5, Children (6-17) $3, under 6 are Free<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/sedav-vaakiNews

​​Upcoming Events

 

 

'Sending Their Ancestors Home' Exhibithttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/4722'Sending Their Ancestors Home' ExhibitS'edav Va'aki Museum, 4619 E Washington Street.6/22/2023 3:00:00 PM6/1/2024 1:00:00 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 ​Join us at S’edav Va’aki for this unique event where we explore the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, 30 years later and still striving for healing. No
Behind the Scenes Tour: S'edav Va'aki Museumhttps://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/parks/5355Behind the Scenes Tour: S'edav Va'aki MuseumS'edav Va'aki Museum4/17/2024 5:00:00 PM4/17/2024 5:45:00 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 Join c ollections staff for a "behind-the-scenes" tour of S'edav Va'aki (formerly Pueblo Grande) Museum, an archaeological site left by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People (Hohokam). Take a private tour of the areas not open to the public, where the museum keeps all the artifacts not on display. As the official archaeological repository for the City of Phoenix, S'edav Va'aki Museum receives the majority of archaeological objects found during excavations in the city. See how the museum processes, organizes, and cares for the various objects in the collections from pottery, baskets, stone tools, and more. Date Wednesday, April 17th, 2024 Time 10am Duration 45 minutes Location S'edav Va'aki (formerly Pueblo Grande) Museum- 4619 E. Washington St. Phoenix, AZ 85034 (44th & Washington) SPACE IS LIMITED. Tour is $15.00 per person which includes Museum Admission. Discounts for Museum Members. For more information, please call the S'edav Va'aki Museum at 602-495-0901. No


​​Contact

​​(602) 495-0900 recorded information
(602) 495-0901 office
(602) 495-5645 fax
711 City of Phoenix TTY/TDD 
(877) 706-4408 toll free (outside Phoenix)
SVmuseum@phoenix.gov


Address​

​​4619 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, Arizona 85034
On the Southeast Corner of 44th St and Washington​ St
Map & Directions

Join Our Mailing List!​
Follow us on Social Media!
1632509_circle_facebook_fb_round icon_social media_icon.png1632517_circle_instagram_photos_round icon_social media_icon.png1632531_circle_microblog_round icon_social media_social network_icon.png1632538_red circle_icon.png