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Arizona Museum of Natural History

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Address: 53 N. MacDonald Street, Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone Number: +1 480-644-2230
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: The Arizona Museum of Natural History is the premier natural history...
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.
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Visit the Dinosaurs

OK, this is a "kid" museum and we're on the other end, but we enjoyed the displays. The museum is extensive (and rather maze-like) and worth an hour or 2.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 21, 2015
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Needles
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We drove nearly an hour to get there, only to be turned away at the door because they were closing in an hour- we could have seen plenty in an hour... But we drove back home instead. Thanks.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

OK, this is a "kid" museum and we're on the other end, but we enjoyed the displays. The museum is extensive (and rather maze-like) and worth an hour or 2.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We have taken the kids to this museum several times. It is a nice escape from the Arizona heat. The employees are friendly. The exhibits are good. The museum isnt so big that it is overwhelming. 2-3 hours should suffice. They have gold panning for the kids. They have actual prison cells from way back. They are always a thrill... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This museum of natural history has many exhibits to entertain children of all ages and adults alike. Life-size skeletons of a mastodon and a mammoth stand in the main lobby. The dinosaur exhibits are outstanding: skeleton and skull casts of Tyrannosaurus bataar, Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Camarasaurus and many others are invaluable pieces of work by paleontologists and curators. Kids will... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Attended with 5 and 7 year old grandsons: they never wanted to leave. Especially loved dinosaur mountain and the "flash flood." Jumping forward a few million years brought them to gold panning. This is a great family event.

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Mesa, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

There are all kinds of stuff to see, staff is friendly and it is laid out well. Kids seem to love it, dinosaurs, (even though religions deny em...LOL) Ols west stuff.

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

this isn't just for children, but people of all ages will enjoy this museum, also located close to some good resturants, make it day of fun.

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We are local to the area and came here for the first time today. It was a Fabulous experience for us, a family with young children. The mammoths and dinosaurs as soon as you walk in were impressive. Then there is the multilevel dinosaur walk with moving, roaring, life-like dinosaurs. With a toddler and 6yr old, it was tough getting... More 

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Sun City, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This was fun for the kids ( ages 6 and 10). Probably best for under teenage years. Somewhat antiquated. I know it's a history museum ( so things are going to be old that are displayed) but it's been awhile since any money has been put into updates in how things are presented. The front entry is by far the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

This is a great, well priced museum snuggled in downtown Mesa. It's not very big but has enough to do for a few hour visit. If you have any dino lovers in your family, its hard to find another offering in AZ that is as good. You can also take a break from inside the museum and pan for gold... More 

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Additional Information about Arizona Museum of Natural History

Address: 53 N. MacDonald Street, Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone Number: +1 480-644-2230
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Mesa
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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