Pueblo Grande Museum

Pueblo Grande Museum in the Phoenix, Arizona area showcases the cultural history of the Hohokam people who inhabited the area for over 1000 years. It has an impressive collection of artifacts that tell their story from their beginnings to their disappearance. It was founded in 1929 and is one of the oldest museums in Arizona. The museum is on a 1,500-year-old archaeological site with ruins you can explore and learn about.

900 AD Hohokam Home

The Hohokams were Native American people who lived in the Phoenix area for more than 1000 years, from AD 200 to 1450. They were highly organized farmers and builders, cultivating fields of corn, squash, and beans along irrigation canals that stretched for miles. They built large villages of homes made from adobe bricks, with plazas for public gatherings. Some of these ruins are still visible today at the Pueblo Grande Museum site.

You can learn more about this ancient civilization’s lifestyle at the Pueblo Grande Museum. Onsite is an authentically reconstructed 900 AD Hohokam home that you can explore as you discover what life was like during this period.

You can also discover the dwellings and tools used by these prehistoric people and see how they hunted, cooked, and farmed. Make sure to check out replicas of ancient pottery that were used for cooking and storage.

Interactive Exhibits

The museum also has a variety of interactive exhibits showcasing the Hohokam’s culture, with original artifacts from the region, such as jewelry, tools, baskets, and pottery. You can view ancient petroglyphs carved into boulders or learn about trade items like shells, turquoise, and obsidian.

The museum even offers unique activities for kids to learn about the Hohokams in a fun way. Some of these include:

  • Exploring the replica of the Hohokam home, complete with furniture and artifacts.
  • Making pottery as the ancient people did.
  • Trying on traditional clothing made of plants and fibers.
  • Going on a nature walk to search for different plant materials used by the Hohokams.

Pueblo Grande Museum is an incredible place to explore Arizona’s prehistory while learning about the Hohokam people who inhabited this land for centuries. It is a fantastic destination for history buffs and anyone interested in learning about Native American culture.