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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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We really enjoyed our visit to the Arizona Museum of Natural History. My granddaughter and I visited here 10 years ago and my wife and I have intended to return since. Today we... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit to the Arizona Museum of Natural History. My granddaughter and I visited here 10 years ago and my wife and I have intended to return since. Today we did. When you enter you are greeted by a huge mammoth skeleton and a couple of others as soon you come through the door. The entry fee... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Excellent little museum of Arizona history and Native American lore and natural history of the area.. I spent about 2 hours here which is sufficient time to see most of the exhibits. The staff was very pleasant and the entrance fee modest by today's standards. Mesa in general is a nice suburb with its own unique history which is well... More 

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

It a great place to visit. now the light rail will take you right to it. There is so much to see. take your camera you will have great pictures If you go during the day, You will be nice and cool too. Have Fun

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Enormous museum, which you really need to take time for. We got a bit lost, so big is it. Onfortunately we only had two hours to spend in the museum, which was far to short. Start early in the day, so you can see everything. And of course take pictures from rexy, Dum-dum and the other characters from the movie... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Pros: Many dioramas. Had dinosaurs and a fake Pueblo village, a jail, and a mine. Along with all of these were signs that were informative enough for adults to read while kids enjoyed the sights. The "What is it" exhibit was a lot of fun for all ages. Cons: The "Flash Flood" was extremely anti-climatic. Just a small waterfall that... More 

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Evansville, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Wow, great place! The dinosaurs were great, very realistic...even could see them "breathe". The grandchildren loved it! Beautiful geode specimens, meteor specimens, and other artifacts from the Arizona area. Great place a little pricey but worth a visit.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 via mobile

This Museum is well worth a visit. Very informative, lots of information and great displays. Easy to get to on the light rail and great for the whole family.

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Selden, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Great Fun for all ages.They are always changing exhibits and have some of the same favorites like the flood zone and gold panning.

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Brownsville, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

Very kid friendly fun museum. Very cool exhibits and the flash flood dino exhibit is so awesome for kids and adults alike. Always worth the visit and time spent here.

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Needles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We drove nearly an hour to get there, only to be turned away at the door because they were closing in an hour- we could have seen plenty in an hour... But we drove back home instead. Thanks.

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