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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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10:00 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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Lots to see of Arizona history

This place is great. It is self guided and lots of signs to explain the history. It has dinosaur exhibits, Native American history and much more. It's not very big but took us 4... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Logan, Utah
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Logan, Utah
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This place is great. It is self guided and lots of signs to explain the history. It has dinosaur exhibits, Native American history and much more. It's not very big but took us 4 hrs to see it all. The security guard lady was very nice. They closed the area to pan for gold as we ran out of time... More 

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Whistler
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

my wife and i spent an hour at the museum, got a referral for a nice restaurant, had lunch and returned for 2 more hours. The golf panning was great although you had to fight for a spot with the kids...:). All good fun and a very interesting and educational experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This is a really nice little museum . Lots of dinosaurs for the kids and many inter- active displays. Very nice local cultural artifacts. There was even an area to pan for gold . Fun and educational !

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Perris, California
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27 reviews 27 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

What was meant as a couples trip to the museum made me wish we could have also brought my nephew! There was something to do for everyone. I particularly enjoyed the fossil replicas because they gave us a perspective on how large these dinosaurs were in comparison to us. They had all kinds of kid friendly activities (gold-panning, puzzles, short... More 

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Carroll
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

really enjoyed all of the museum, especially the dinosaurs.The volunteers were very knowledgeable and helpful. Will go again next year

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Williston, North Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Very informative! But if you have youngsters even better!! So many interactive opportunities!! So many learning opportunities!' Check it out!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Took our two children (7 and 2). They enjoyed exploring the museum and panning for gold. The staff where really friendly and the admission prices are very reasonable. The museum kept us busy and engaged for over 3 hours. We would visit again. Only limitation is a lack of a cafe but there are plenty in a short walk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

My daughter was a little young at 2 to appreciate it, but I was very impressed and looking forward to taking her back when she gets older. Even teenagers and adults would enjoy it. They do a great job with visuals for the little ones while still gearing information toward intellectually stimulating the older crowd.

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Rockford, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

My husband and I took our grandchildren (ages 5, 9 and 10) on our recent visit to Phoenix. We had a great time! I was amazed that this place does not have more publicity because it was fantastic! The exhibits are top notch and the volunteers at the museum were friendly, knowledgeable and engaging. We always took our children to... More 

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Mesa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

My daughter and husband were able to spend the night at the Museum and she absolutely enjoyed herself. It was money well invested. She said that it seemed to be very, very kid-related. She wants to go back to the Museum now and take her time to see everything. We love having this Museum in Mesa.

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