Pueblo Grande Museum
Welcome to the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, the 169-acre pre-Columbian ruins site that sits just minutes from bustling downtown Phoenix.
The ruins are located on a 1500-year-old archaeological site that was once inhabited by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People, or the Hohokam people. The land was donated in 1924 and opened to the public in 1929. The site consists of ruins and irrigation canals atop a prehistoric platform mound. By exploring these ancient ruins your group will be able to learn all about the Hohokam peoples, who resided in the area from 450 AD to 1450 AD as farmers of the Salt Gila River Valley.
Immerse yourself in the environment by taking the 2/3rd mile interpretive trail around the remains of the prehistoric ballcourt and platform mound. You will see native plants, restored walk-in dwellings, and an interpretive agricultural garden growing cotton, corn, beans, squash, and amaranth. Inside the museum, you can catch a showing of the award-winning introduction video about the Hohokam peoples and this site, as well as explore 3 galleries within. The main gallery allows you to learn about the Hohokam people and their relationship with the environment, another teaches about archaeology in general, and the last gallery is regularly changing in topic.
School groups will appreciate the field trip options, educational programs onsite, and special school tour options each October through April, each option allowing your students to get to know site history, native cultures, and art in depth.