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“Valid taste of the Old West”

Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum
Ranked #73 of 240 things to do in Phoenix
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Owner description: Guides in period costume show guests through an authentic turn-of-the-century Arizona village.
Reviewed 10 March 2018

It's difficult to give a comprehensive review due to the end of season feel.
We have a fair amount of experience with outdoor museums in this genre. The authentic buildings provide a good insight into true pioneer life. The space between the exhibits joined by an excellent paved path system help demonstrate that friends, amenities and even family were not just around the corner. A lot of hard work has gone into bringing the museum to this point. I look forward to visiting again to witness the progress.
Something that could improve the visitor experience might be more interpretive information at each of the stops. In high season I understand there are more reenactment personnel to enrich the tour. In their absence printed material about the numbered stops could help make it even better.
I felt the price could even have been a couple of dollars more and still be a great value.

1  Thank Max M
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Reviewed 8 March 2018 via mobile

This rustic pioneer village is interesting, however, I only rated it with three stars because it is lacking a self guided tour and/or staff participation in exhibits. It appears that as of this writing they are still trying to build up the village and restore some of the older buildings. In my opinion if more staffing and hands on exhibits are added this could rate five stars. The best exhibit by far is the newly added Telephone Museum. If you are a senior add another half star as there is a $2.00 Senior Discount

Thank Chipmunk52
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

When we pulled up to this little pioneer village, we almost kept going. It looked like it was closed or even abandoned. Having nothing else to do we took a chance and went inside. It turned out to be a fantastic day!! Unlike lots of other "pioneer villages" that are slapped up and made to look like real banks, school houses, jails, etc these buildings were real. We were fascinated that the larger homes and the church were moved there from other areas. There was so much more than the Main Street in the village. The plan is to bring in more authentic buildings over time so things are pretty spread out. By the time you are done, you've had a good walk.The most fascinating part for us was the section where you can see the progression of settlers dwellings from mere huts to more advanced housing and a history of who lived in them. The bank was an interesting draw too. There was a gunfight re-enactment the day we were there and it was pretty cheesy but it was geered for the school kids who were visiting. I've only touched the surface of everything that there is to see at this village. Despite the appearance of the entry, it is a fascinating place to visit.

Thank Mary D
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

Main museum was closed due to rain (!) when we got there, which was a bit surprising as it had only sprinkled that morning. I had been looking forward to seeing it (I love pioneer history) and was pretty disappointed, but as we headed back to our car after being turned away at the ticket booth, an older guy stuck his head out of the telephone museum and asked if we'd still like a tour of that, at least. There was also another couple who had stopped by, so Pete (who had retired from the telephone company years before and had spent years as a lineman, etc) took us around and gave us a great tour (for free)! He was amazingly knowledgeable as he explained the history of phones all the way from Bell's patent, the telegraph, telex, etc. all the way up to cellphones, as well as how it all worked. Fascinating! He was a jewel. I hope somebody there has filmed him so all that knowledge doesn't get lost. Hopefully we can get to see the rest of the village on our next trip!

1  Thank Susie M
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

It was a good couple hours. I have always wanted to stop. We were disappointed the telephone museum was not open.

Thank ElayneClarkdale
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