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Arizona Museum of Natural History

Address: 53 N. MacDonald Street, Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone Number: +1 480-644-2230
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Ranked #5 of 18 Attractions in Mesa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: The Arizona Museum of Natural History is the premier natural history museum in Arizona. It is...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

Don't waste your money. People who love museums will be bored beyond measure...If you have a 6 year old it's probably fun, but my family lost interest within 30 minutes and we left for lunch.

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Chandler, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Wonderful little museum, took my kids and it was very informational. Lots of interactive puzzles for the kids, my kids loved putting together the skeleton of the mammoth and putting back together native american pottery. They also had fun with the panning for gold. The dinosaur bones were very cool and the native american exhibits was nice. One drawback for... More 

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Salem, Oregon, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

It was the first Sunday of the month so admittance was free. Lots of very interesting exhibits from dinosaurs to artifacts from human cultural around the world. They have old jail cells and gold panning. very nice and enjoyable place to spend a few hours.

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Queen Creek, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

A great place to take the family including your teenagers. There are 5 levels to explore dinosaurs, mining, Arizona's contribution to Hollywood and the beauty of this state. Allow at least two hours to gully explore the museum.

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Columbus, Ohio
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I used to go to this museum with my grandmother, I did not remember it being this large or grand. I took my nephews (aged 9 and 6) to the museum on the first Sunday of the month. There is free admission on that day. I would suggest you go during the last two hours, most people were leaving at... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I visited during the holiday break, so while there were quite a few people there, I never felt crowded since there are so many areas within the museum to explore and learn. I noticed all ages were enjoying the exhibits & the hands-on activities available...not just kids! I was not expecting to see so much diversity within the museum. You... More 

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

This is a very good museum with lots of different exhibits to interest both children and adults. The dinosaur exhibits are always a hit, especially with the boys, There are also exhibits on Ancient Art in the Americas, Ancient Civilizations with different types of dwellings used by the ancient tribes.There are also a lot of other exhibits. In addition to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Great for the whole family and educational for everyone. Be sure to add this to your list of things to do while in the Valley of the Sun! There are a lot of great museums and other educational places to go and this is one of them. Don't miss out!

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Snowflake, Arizona
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Great for the whole family and educational for everyone. Be sure to add this to your list of things to do while in the Valley of the Sun! There are a lot of great museums and other educational places to go and this is one of them. Don't miss out!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

This wasn't the greatest museum I had been to, but it did have some interesting things. Admission here was $10, so the price was right. It had basically 3 floors to look through. If you have children with you, they have dinosaurs, so that may interest them. All in all, it was a pleasant way to spend an hour or... More 

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