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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 12 March 2018

This is a place with great historical buildings, but is really a work in progress. We had beautiful weather for our visit making the walk around the village very pleasant. Most of the buildings had a name only, and no other historic information listed. Only a couple had friendly volunteers in period costumes who added some background and answered questions. The gunfight was cute and suitable for school age children.The telephone museum was the surprising highlight of the visit.

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Reviewed 10 March 2018 via mobile

We knew that the artifacts would be old, but everything was very run down and poorly kept. In addition, several venues were closed due to weddings. There were no staff members in period costumes as advertised. It took us 30 minutes to see everything and not worth the admission fee.

Thank Tim S
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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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