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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

The Arizona Museum of Natural History is the premier natural history museum...

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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This Museum of Natural History is perfect for this area. They have great local history and exhibits as well as others that you'd expect at a natural history museum. A must go to!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Mesa, Arizona
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Mesa, Arizona
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Museum of Natural History is perfect for this area. They have great local history and exhibits as well as others that you'd expect at a natural history museum. A must go to!

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Chandler, Arizona
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Checked this place out with the hubby and his sons a few months back. Very impressed, great for learning and fun, kids loved it, awesome rainforest area! Had no idea it would be so cool!

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Seattle, Washington
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38 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First of all, you may want to figure out a better place to park than across the street with its 3 free hours of parking, because 3 hours may not be enough time. The museum is mostly dinosaurs, but there are other interesting exhibits (Lost Dutchman mine, Arizona's "Five C's", early civilizations in the area that is now Arizona, movies... More 

Thank coffeetime69
Melrose Park, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You only need about an hour to go through the museum. It is good for some hands-on activities for kids. You see the dinosaurs that roamed Arizona millions of years ago, see and hear the animated dinosaurs, see skeletons and fossils. There is a section on the ancient Desert People, a walk through Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine, and some of... More 

Thank Cheryl D
Albany, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I went here on vacation while visiting family. We both thought it was extremely well done and it branched out into subjects beyond natural history but still all good stuff. It held our attention for several hours! The only complaints I could come up with is it doesn't have a theatre like some natural history museums do... More 

Thank Lee G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

I enjoyed this because I enjoy almost every museum A person knowledgeable in natural history may not learn a lot here. But some of the exhibits are well done. I especially like the minerals discovered in Arizona. It was a small display, but I enjoyed seeing some of the minerals discovered in AZ. Something I would not run into in... More 

Thank michaeljhuman
Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

A Natural History Museum... with exhibits on Native American culture, and frontier mining. This place doesn't know what it wants to be. Young children enjoy the animatronic dinosaurs, but they look about 20-30 years old. It's an odd place, I say skip it and go to the botanical garden.

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Barrie, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

After reading some of the other less than glowing reviews I was pleasantly impressed by this small but well laid out and informative natural history museum. Is it like the New York one or the Royal Ontario Museum or other major museum? No, but it packs a lot into a small space, has very clear informative exhibits and explores a... More 

Thank Kath C
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

I was on vacation in Arizona with family (all adults) and were looking for something to do in Mesa and decided to check out the Museum. While not a bad place to visit by any means, it felt like I was visiting almost any other museum I've been to. There was a large dinosaur exhibit which made up the majority... More 

Thank AlaskanBeard
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I must say that I was very impressed with all of the history the museum had to offer. I especially liked the shark teeth, LOL! Mainly because that the closet i will ever come to a SHARK

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