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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 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.

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"nice walk"
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"worth a stop"
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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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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.

3  Thank Linda S
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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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