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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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An Oasis of Enrichment

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... read more

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

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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Tempe
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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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Parkersburg, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

The Natural Museum was fantastic for children! They loved the dinosaurs and the hands-on experiences. The only downfall was that the museum was handing out posters advertising Jurassic Park, the new movie. Jurassic Park is great for teenagers and adults but will not be (in my opinion) suitable for children to watch.

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

My kids are beyond the age of going to the Arizona Museum of Natural History, but my husband and I recently attended the annual Beers and Bones event. We had such a nice night! First off throughout the museum there were different tables set up with local craft beers, canned and bottled beers, wine and other non-alcoholic drinks. There were... More 

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Arlington, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

It's a nice Museum with pre historic artifacts, replica of animals and little about our universe and how the earth and moon formed from one solid hot ball. There are not of puzzles through out the Museum to solve which is fun. The best part was to pan gold from the water reservoir. I got a few gold some as... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

this is a hidden Gem in downtown Mesa AZ many pre Historic exibits. One of my favorite Museums I like this as well as the Heard Museum ,The science Center . It is about as good as it gets. .For people of all ages. if only they had lunch. and drinks.If you live in the area ,buy a membership. because... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Museums are free on the 1st Sunday of the month. The Arizona Museum of Natural History is awesome! 3 story flash floods occur a few times an hour. Great beasties' skeletons!

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West Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

This museum has a wealth of information on many subjects. The meteor displays are very good and interesting and there was docent there today who had examples of different minerals and rocks. The dinosaur hall is remarkable and is visible on different levels because it opens on to 3 different floors of the museum. Since we tend to be interested... More 

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Tempe, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

So I am a huge history buff! This place was great! Depending on when you go they have different things on display! It is a great hand-ons experience of the olden days and I really enjoyed it! It is family friendly and surprisingly my teens enjoyed it as well! Very inexpensive and they have some good restaurants nearby! There is... More 

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Additional Information about Arizona Museum of Natural History

Address: 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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