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Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum

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Address: 3901 W Pioneer Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85086-7020
Phone Number:
+1 602-465-4052
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Hours:
Wed - Sun 09:00 - 16:00
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Guides in period costume show guests through an authentic...

Guides in period costume show guests through an authentic turn-of-the-century Arizona village.

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Verrrrrry quiet!

We visited about midday, in mid-May. The bus loads of school kids were getting ready to leave. I think we were the only other visitors. After paying for our admission, we walked... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
2nurses2
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Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
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Whangarei, Northland, New Zealand
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14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited about midday, in mid-May. The bus loads of school kids were getting ready to leave. I think we were the only other visitors. After paying for our admission, we walked the entire pathway. Most buildings were open but with a gate closed and locked so you could only look in. There seemed to be collections of "antiques", most... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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70 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a nice trip planed for this morning to revisit this unique attraction, only to find that they wanted to charge us a "photography" fee of $25.00 on top the regular admissions fee. They said it was a new decision of the board to do so. No where was this posted on line or at the entrance. Shame on... More 

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Bellevue, Wa
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Disappointed that there was not much description for each of the buildings. I wish I could have learned more, but it was pretty minimal as far as info.

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San Ramon, California
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

AVOID ON SUNDAYS. I love museums, in general, but this would have been better advertised as a 'ghost town'. Totally not worth $10 for a bunch of empty buildings. We spent 1.5 hours walking around and viewing everything that was open. We waited for the 'gunfight' for 15 minutes, then called the office and asked about it and were told... More 

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Page, Arizona
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184 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017

Used to hang out there when I lived in Phoenix years ago. Was a treat to go back 16 years later and find so many added exhibits and that the trees have matured and provide much more shade now. Lots of walking involved but its more strolling while soaking up how things used to be. Its all outdoors so pay... More 

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Thank Riverkilt
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206 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2017

So, this Living History Museum is not the best I have been to, but worth seeing. The interesting collection of old buildings, the mining equipment, some of the houses, etc, are all worth seeing. However, the place is tired and in much need of an influx of funds to space it up. Still, it is definitely worth seeing and looking... More 

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La Mirada, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

My review is a bit biased as we arrived late and were told we did not need to pay the entrance as we had missed the show and the restaurant was closed. This still gave us time to view the pioneer building, interior decorations and lots of tools. There were many buildings and the area is fairly large. I especially... More 

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Thank LovesToTravel2_11
Bend, Oregon, United States
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71 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

The Pioneer Living History Museum is an impressive collection of buildings that give you a wonderful view of what frontier life was like. The buildings covered the gamut from cabins to craft buildings, to a school, church, teachers home, general store, livery, blacksmith and more. There was even a gunfight show. The buildings are very spread out, so be prepared... More 

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Reviewed 16 March 2017 via mobile

Very disappointed! The website stated there are re-enactments, gunfight shows, restaurant....there was no one and nothing open. We could peek through locked doors at dingy, falling apart buildings. The "garden" areas were overgrown with weeds. We paid $36 for 4 adults. It was, sadly, a huge waste of money. One: the website needs to be updated. Two: we asked the... More 

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Anthem, Arizona
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18 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

Plan to visit this unique western outdoor museum featuring a number of authentic restored buildings from Arizona's colorful historical past. Very worthwhile visit for young adults!

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