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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 35 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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Snowflake, Arizona
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131 reviews 131 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Oxford, United Kingdom
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26 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Our son just loved the dinosaur exhibits at this lovely and well-appointed museum. There were helpful volunteers on hand to give you history, advice and information on exhibits. The outside gold panning was also a big hit along with the reasonable priced gift shop. During our visit the museum was not very busy so you were never rushed or queued... More

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

My family loves the Natural History Museum. Kids had a great time. My favorite was the jail. My husband got locked up.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

I'm basing this review partly as a comparison to previous visits. We just went on a Saturday about a couple hours before closing. Paying full price and then being rushed out of areas early is certainly coloring my opinion. The exhibits are neat, but there isn't a clear layout. We weren't offered a map and there aren't any clear signs... More

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AzMNH, Public Relations Manager at Arizona Museum of Natural History, responded to this review

We are so sorry for your unfortunate visit. We did a little investigating, and found that you are correct, Dino Mountain was not working on your visit day. It was working in the morning, but we had experienced electrical problems with the pump later in the afternoon, and it was shut down. One of our exhibits personnel was inside the... More

Phoenix
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64 reviews 64 reviews
5 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

My wife and I recently spent several hours here on a recent Saturday. A great mix of paleontology, native american culture and other things. We really enjoyed the three level walkaround dinosaur mountain. The museum even has the old Mesa city jail and panning for gold! (although it is just iron pyrite it is fun to see the kids faces... More

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Mesa, AZ
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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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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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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