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Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum
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Good place to stretch your legs.

we went towards the end of the season and the place was empty. However, the weather was very warm... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
John L
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Broadstairs, United Kingdom
Fun small town

It's a fun walk through small town full of old buildings most are reconstructed to look like the... read more

Reviewed 4 September 2018
rsenteno
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Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 6 days ago

My visitor and I went to the pioneer village to see what it was all about. Our first stop was the telephone museum. We talked with a gentleman docent who had retired from the phone company many years prior. He was so interesting we spent nearly 40 minutes talking with him. His knowledge was extensive and the displays covered the timeline from inception in AZ to the present. Schools make this a regular field trip every year. The village had period homes and buildings, including a working blacksmith shop.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we went towards the end of the season and the place was empty. However, the weather was very warm and we spent a whole morning visiting the various houses and exhibits on the site. The site is quite large and it did take a couple of hours to get round. It is wheelchair friendly, but some of the site is up hill and some of the alternative paths are rough tracks. There are some interesting buildings that have been moved to the site from other areas of Arizona and it does give you a feeling for how difficult life must have been for the original settlers. It is also in the desert, and there are signs everywhere to be on the look out for snakes!

Thank John L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first visit to the Pioneer Living History Museum and we enjoyed everything. We checked the website calendar before selecting our day to visit, as we are seniors and wanted a quiet experience. Many school groups have field trips, and it must be a real joy for the children to see real buildings or recreations of authenticated facts. We had many opportunities for photos as the weather was beautiful. The Telephone Museum is part of the entrance fee, and it is really amazing to see all the details and history. There is also a very nice collection of glass insulators from on top of the poles that are very hard to find these days. All of the staff are very friendly and helpful, and the grounds were clean and neatly maintained. Thank you!!!

Thank nancyandbrian2016
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Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

It's a fun walk through small town full of old buildings most are reconstructed to look like the city there are a few orginals. The telephone museum in itself is fun to see the history of phones before cell phones.

Thank rsenteno
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Reviewed 15 July 2018

I had driven past the sign for the Pioneer AZ Living History Museum dozens of times, and finally decided to check it out. I was pleasantly surprised that this wasn't just a building stuffed with dusty artifacts, but practically a whole TOWN taken out of the past and plopped into one location for people to take a pleasant stroll through history! There's a bank, a jail, a bar, a church, a barber shop, several homes, a theater, and much more, as well as an amazing telegraph/telephone museum that is quite impressive all on its own. Wherever you are in the Valley of the Sun, it's worth the drive. If you're coming from out of town, and flying into Phoenix to visit the Grand Canyon or any of the other wonderful sights in our great state, be sure to take the exit on your way north to stop by the Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum. It's a surprising gem!

2  Thank Loreen P
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Reviewed 28 April 2018

We visited the museum as we were driving by & were very pleased we did. Very helpful lady called Karen gave us a map & gave us an overview of the museum. Interesting reconstructions of period businesses as well as transported originals.
Well worth a stop.

2  Thank 437jacquelinew
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Reviewed 15 April 2018

We have visited many Pioneer villages. This one is one of the best. I say that because many of the buildings are original. There are some reconstructions but the amount of originals is wonderful. They offer a little shoot out skit that is appropriate for children. The site is work in progress as some buildings have been acquired and they are being updated for viewing. The history of the telephone museum that is on site fascinated the kids and it was kind of fun seeing those phones that we grew up with.

Thank 196LindaC
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

WE read about this place and agree with a lot of the reviews. It is run by volunteers so do not expect a Disney experience. That said, it was a fun excursion and if you are in the area [North Phoenix] try it, $10. The telephone museum with one of the tour guides was amazing as the museum had telephone equip from the beginning to now , too much stuff to categorize, and the guide knew about all of it. The rest is open for you to walk around [that day they did not have maps] all 90 acres to historical bldgs. Some signs stated what the bldg was but nowhere was there much explanation of use, purpose, events, etc. Many tools and pieces of equip around but no signs or info given. Wear good shoes and a hat as it is a lot of walking and the sun gets hot. Good historical learning but needs more signage.

Thank Sunrunner45
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

As one reviewer said a work in progress. But we found it interesting and worth the visit. Easy sidewalk type path around to the various old buildings with side trails if you wanted to venture off the concrete. Hope they continue to bring in more buildings to bring pioneer life alive to visitors. We enjoyed it and a nice shaded area to picnic. Telephone museum adjcent to the park was enjoyable.

Thank MountainMe47
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

We didn't get in the gate. When we arrived there were a few cars in the parking lot and some people milling around the entrance and then we saw the sign - closed. What? Why? We talked to the woman who "made the call" to close for the day because it rained the night before leaving puddles and mud on the premises. We come from Massachusetts, where we left behind at least a foot of snow (where kids still went to school and people reported to work) and this place was closed because it rained last night! Not acceptable at all. A women standing with us said she had waited 20 years to visit this museum, only to find it closed. She had checked the website and it didn't say the museum was going to be closed on this particular Sunday. She was pretty angry. I asked if we could at least go into the gift shop which is not inside the gate and was told that was closed also. No way to run a business. I would definitely call if you plan on visiting. There is nothing that would have given us any clue that it would be closed on this particular day. It was our last day in the area so we will not be returning, definitely disappointing.

1  Thank Kathleen572
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