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Arizona Museum of Natural History

53 N. MacDonald Street, Mesa, AZ 85201
+1 480-644-2230
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Ranked #4 of 34 attractions in Mesa
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Museums, History Museums
Owner description: The Arizona Museum of Natural History is the premier natural history museum in Arizona. It is dedicated to inspire wonder, respect, and understanding... more » Owner description: The Arizona Museum of Natural History is the premier natural history museum in Arizona. It is dedicated to inspire wonder, respect, and understanding for the natural and cultural history of the Southwest. Explore Arizona and the Southwest from the creation of the earth 4.5 Billion years ago to the present. See the origins of life on earth, meteorites and minerals. In Dinosaur Hall, discover some of the biggest dinosaurs that ever lived, and on Dinosaur Mountain see how some appeared and sounded in a natural context. In a Walk through Time, explore ancient Arizona's Paleozoic Seas, Triassic Petrified Forest, monsters of the Cretaceous Seas, and the first animals to fly. "Rulers of the Prehistoric Skies", our newest exhibit, presents the amazing diversity of Pterosaurs, the flying reptiles of the Mesozoic. Neither dinosaurs nor birds, Pterosaurs ruled the skies from about 225 to 65 million years ago. « less
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Gilbert, Arizona, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I took my daughter here, the place is big under street level, with many activities for kids; there is a lot to read, see, and touch!

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Mesa, Arizona
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43 reviews 43 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

What a surprise for all my kids and wife to see so many things and very good explanations about animals, our country and all about our planet, Nice staff, good coffee and nice place! Just one word GO

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omaha ne
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

This is a great place to put on your vacation plans if you're in the Mesa area. It was cold and overcast the day we went and it was an excellent indoor activity. There is so much to see and do and is good for all ages. There is a room that is filled with items from the past and... More

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Kokomo, IN
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41 reviews 41 reviews
14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Spent 2 filled hours exploring this gem. Kid & Sr. friendly-hands-ons all over the place. Trip from prehistoric to 20th century Arizona. Spacious exhibits, well presented history, mind-bending exhibits. Don't miss the "flash flood" on Dino Mtn- wow! I panned for gold in the courtyard, tried a few puzzles, and even got in an old western film- green-screen program. Allow... More

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Sooke
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41 reviews 41 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Drove from Goodyear to Mesa to visit the museum and its along drive on a very busy freeway. The museum was less than expected with lots of prehistoric information but not a lot of detailed info and the making of Arizona from its earliest beginning. Great if you have a young family but the museum itself has a confusing layout... More

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Sherwood, Oregon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We took my 92 year old mother to visit this museum on her birthday and she loved it, as did my wife and I. Right in the heart of downtown Mesa and easy to get to on the East-side of the Valley. Everything is wheelchair accessible which was important to us. Excellent exhibits with lots of good information about each... More

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A TripAdvisor Member
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Great activity to attend first sunday of the month. Admission is free and lots to do keeping young ones interested

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

I brought my Niece (5) and Nephew (3) and they were so amazed at all the attractions. So much to see, do and learn, they did not want to leave. Their favorite thing to do was panning for gold. Looks small from outside but is big inside- but not too big. This museum is absolutely beautiful and the right size... More

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Sussex, England
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325 reviews 325 reviews
69 attraction reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2014

We had actually been here before, but I insisted to my husband we hadn't. Turns out I think I blocked it out because it was so dreadful. It's constructed round a fake waterfall with plastic dinosaurs. Museum? I don't think so. The notice outside telling you not to bring guns in is the most interesting feature.

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Arizona Museum o, Public Relations Manager at Arizona Museum of Natural History, responded to this review

We are very sorry that you did not enjoy your visit. We take pride in the fact that the majority of our visitors enjoy our museum very much, and find it to be fun, and educational. Dinosaur Mountain, our waterfall, and the dinosaurs that appear on it were all painstakingly handcrafted by artists and volunteers over a long period of... More

Maricopa, Arizona
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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

I was super nervous when we pulled up to this museum to see how small it looked. But decided to go anyways! I'm glad we did! It looks small on the outside but it's big on the inside!! We spent a good fours hours here. My children loved it!! My kids are 11-5 so they are older and love reading... More

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