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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 S'edav Va'aki 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 S'ed​av Va'aki, 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 the Ancestral Sonoran Desert 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. ​​​

A 2/3 mile (1 km) outdoor trail explores the prehistoric 
va'aki (platform mound), full-size replicas of the houses the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People lived in, and a demonstration garden showcasing the crops grown in this area. Allow about 1 ½ hours for exploration of the site. For information regarding the museum's exhibits, click h​ere​.

Archaeological Site Etiquette - Things to Know!​​


  • Adults (18-54): $6.00
  • Seniors (55 & ove​r): $5.00​
  • Children (6-17): $3.00
  • Children (​under 6): Free
  • Museum Members: Free

Hours of Operation

Regular Hours (October - April)

Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:45 pm  
Sunday: 1 pm - 4:45 pm

Summer Hours (May - September)

Tuesday - Saturday: 9 am - 4:45 pm  
Sunday - Monday: CLOSED

Interpretive Mound Trail 

Closes at 4:30 pm

​Museum Store​

Store Hours ​Vary. 

Please call (602) 495-0901 for updated info.   ​

Holida​y Closures
New Years Day, President's Day,​ Cesar Chavez Day, Juneteenth,​ Independence Day,
Labor Day, Indigenous People's Day, Thanksgiving Day,​​ and Christmas Day​

Museum Amenities

  • ​ADA Accessible - Wheelchairs Available
  • Free Parking (No Overnight Parking)
  • Accessible by Light Rail & Sky Train
  • Picnic Areas
  • Water Available
  • Service Animals Only

​Group Visits

Discounted rates are available for groups of 20 or more with a reservation. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance and paid for in one transaction.  Accepted methods of payment include cash, credit card, and check. If paying with cash, please have all monies collected before payment.

A Group of Visitors

Adults (18-54): $4.80
  • Seniors (55 & over): $4.00​
  • Children (6-17): $2.40
  • Children (​under 6): Free

Scheduling A Group Visit

Schedule at least two weeks in advance. Dates book quickly! Please call early for your choice of dates.

  • Minimum of 20, Maximum of 60 allowed per visit
  • Allow 1.5 to 2 hours for your visit​
  • Special programs may be arranged in advance
  • Introduction provided for each group *at 10 am only*
  • Call (602) 495-0901 to book a group visit!​


​​4619 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, Arizona 85034​
On the Southeast Corner of 44th St and Washington​ St
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(602) 495-5645 fax
711 City of Phoenix TTY/TDD 
(877) 706-4408 toll free (outside Phoenix)