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Arizona Museum of Natural History

53 N. MacDonald Street, Mesa, AZ 85201
+1 480-644-2230
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Ranked #5 of 34 attractions in Mesa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, History Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Mesa, AZ
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This museum is small enough so that it won't take up your whole day, the exhibits are some of the best I have ever seen, they have interactive toys for children to play with and learn. I rate this museum the best in Arizona!

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Nacogdoches, Texas, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
26 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This is the perfect place to bring young children and teenagers to learn about natural history. My husband and I brought our baby and had a wonderful time. We both learned a lot. I loved the dinosaur and fossil displays. Everything in the museum very well organized and presented. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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14 reviews 14 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This marvelous museum is entertaining and engaging for both kids and adults, but is aimed a little more at the younger generation. The staff are passionate about their work and dedicated to informing and educating kids in a friendly and lighthearted manner. The exhibits are well presented and impressive, with the dinosaur and fossil displays being particularly grand, and the... More

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Mesa, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I LOVE this museum. It's got so much packed in and displayed phenomenally, it's worth getting a pass for several visits! They specialized exhibits and events are great for all ages! They even have a sleepover event. MAKES for a PHENOMINAL party activity or creative slumber party--for boys? and girls! Definitely a hidden gem in the desert for parents planning... More

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Mesa, Arizona
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

I visit this museum with my daughter at least once a year. Great learning experience for children in terms of science. If you and your children are interested in paleontology, then this is the museum for you. It is free admission every first Sunday of the month. High marks.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We enjoyed this museum a lot. Lots of neat exhibits and things to keep the kids interested. They learned a ton of new and exciting things and want to go back again.

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Chino Valley, Arizona, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We went there with four young kids! They really had a great time. It is small but there is a lot to do. Lots of big puzzles of dinosaurs. Displays of dinosaurs bones every where.

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Gilbert, Arizona, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

I took my daughter here, the place is big under street level, with many activities for kids; there is a lot to read, see, and touch!

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Mesa, Arizona
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44 reviews 44 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

What a surprise for all my kids and wife to see so many things and very good explanations about animals, our country and all about our planet, Nice staff, good coffee and nice place! Just one word GO

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omaha ne
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8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

This is a great place to put on your vacation plans if you're in the Mesa area. It was cold and overcast the day we went and it was an excellent indoor activity. There is so much to see and do and is good for all ages. There is a room that is filled with items from the past and... More

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