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Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum

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Address: 3901 W Pioneer Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85086-7020
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+1 602-465-4052
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09:00 - 16:00
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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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Enjoyable. We got in free as we missed the gunfight and the restaurant was closed.

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
LovesToTravel2_11
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La Mirada, California
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La Mirada, California
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39 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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Bend, Oregon, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A collection of re-located buildings/fixtures and reproductions. The self guided tour include examples of early primitive homes, nice Victorians, commercial buildings and structures, churches and cultural buildings, farming, mining, black smithing and more. Some are in need of TLC, hope to see more doen with the site.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I was expecting a more vibrant old west town with period actors and buildings that we could walk in. Unfortunately this is basically a bunch of old buildings from across Arizona that have been relocated to this location that are locked up so you can look into them and that's about it. There were two period actors during the time... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Buildings were locked so that you could only poke your head in for a peek—probably just as well given that everything was dingy and dusty, with rodent droppings visible under the furniture in most of the houses. Very poorly kept compared to comparable places we've seen, such as Fort Verde. Ducks in filthy water. Furniture falling apart, like an "authentic"... More 

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Zanesville, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

We visited this place for something to do with young children. On the positive side there are sidewalks leading to each building. Other than three ladies who were making lace designs, there were no period characters or demonstrations and we were there on a Saturday. The building sites are well done and most have a plaque with the building's original... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

We just spent a delightful few hours wandering around at the Pioneer Arizona Living History Museum. There were some fascinating original and restored buildings depicting life here during the 1800s. The buildings had plaques explaining their history. We wandered up to a simulated old mine and miner's cabin. It was interesting to see and try to understand how the early... More 

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Surprise, Arizona
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165 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

We only saw three volunteers in period dress. They were all fantastic, but the rest of the place was empty. We were told that if a school tour was scheduled the volunteers show up. We came to this site over 8 years ago and it was a lot of fun with a lot of volunteers. It is now run as... More 

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