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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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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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1st Sunday of the Month

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Mesa, Arizona
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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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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Mesa, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

The Arizona Museum of Natural History is a great place to take the kids, and they do have a cool dinosaur hall. Sad that the dinosaurs don't move or growl like they used to. But still worth a look.

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

A lot has happened since your last visit in May of 2014. Dinosaur mountain has 3 brand new dinosaurs that roar and more! We hope you come back to see our newest additions! More 

Logan, Utah
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This place is great. It is self guided and lots of signs to explain the history. It has dinosaur exhibits, Native American history and much more. It's not very big but took us 4 hrs to see it all. The security guard lady was very nice. They closed the area to pan for gold as we ran out of time... More 

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Whistler
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

my wife and i spent an hour at the museum, got a referral for a nice restaurant, had lunch and returned for 2 more hours. The golf panning was great although you had to fight for a spot with the kids...:). All good fun and a very interesting and educational experience.

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This is a really nice little museum . Lots of dinosaurs for the kids and many inter- active displays. Very nice local cultural artifacts. There was even an area to pan for gold . Fun and educational !

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Perris, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

What was meant as a couples trip to the museum made me wish we could have also brought my nephew! There was something to do for everyone. I particularly enjoyed the fossil replicas because they gave us a perspective on how large these dinosaurs were in comparison to us. They had all kinds of kid friendly activities (gold-panning, puzzles, short... More 

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Carroll
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

really enjoyed all of the museum, especially the dinosaurs.The volunteers were very knowledgeable and helpful. Will go again next year

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Williston, North Dakota
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Very informative! But if you have youngsters even better!! So many interactive opportunities!! So many learning opportunities!' Check it out!!

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