International Museum Day is coming up, and to honor it, the Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, will be offering free admission and 10% off purchases (except books) in the Museum Store on Wednesday May 18, 2011. International Museum Day has been celebrated world-wide since 1977. To honor the importance of cultural exchange and the development of mutual understanding between different peoples, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) encourages people to check out their local museums, again or for the first time.
The Pueblo Grand Museum event is from 9am to 4:45pm. Located at 4619 E. Washington St, the Pueblo Grande Museum was created in large part to insure the "conservation and preservation of prehistoric resources, specifically, the heritage of Arizona prehistory and that of the Salt River Valley," as their website states. That history includes the rich heritage of the Pima and Maricopa tribes, as well as that of the Hohokam culture.
The museum features three galleries, a theatre, and an outdoor interpretive trail. On the trail visitors will find "the prehistoric ruins of the platform mound and ballcourt of the Hohokam culture, replicated housing, canal systems and interpretive agricultural garden," the museum's site states.
For more information, visit their site here.