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Address: 1421 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, AZ 85629
Phone Number: 520 625 7513
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Description: Opened in February of 1997, the Asarco Mineral Discovery Center (AMDC) is...
Opened in February of 1997, the Asarco Mineral Discovery Center (AMDC) is designed to convey the vital importance of mining in our civilization. Everything that we use everyday was somehow extracted from the earth — either by farming or by mining, and “if it can’t be grown, it has to be mined.”Located 20-minutes south of Tucson, AMDC has an exhibit center, theater and gift shop. For a nominal fee, tours are conducted of Asarco's Mission Mine; an active open-pit copper mine. Tour schedule is subject to change, reservations are recommended.
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Amazing amount of earth moved

The amount of earth moved in this mine is amazing. It was awesome to drive right near the giant mining trucks. the docent was poor. Too many facts and not enough pauses and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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Thunder Bay, Canada
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103 reviews 103 reviews
51 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

The amount of earth moved in this mine is amazing. It was awesome to drive right near the giant mining trucks. the docent was poor. Too many facts and not enough pauses and opportunities for questions. Questions show that the visitors are engaged and interested. Explanations of how the mine worked could be improved with visuals.

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Carolina Beach, North Carolina
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386 reviews 386 reviews
77 attraction reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

When this tour was brought to my attention as an option it did not really seem like something that would appeal to me but was I wrong! This was an in depth, educational and fun experience. A whole new world opened up to me and allowed me to expand my horizons and learn something valuable too. Our guide was outstanding... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Worth a visit to get the view of such an expansive operation! Enjoyed the comfortable bus ride and such informative guide.

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Columbus
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Great tour, huge machinery, went to the pit, saw the entire process of getting the copper, must see.

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Green Valley, Arizona
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158 reviews 158 reviews
31 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Quite an in depth tour of a huge copper mine, narrated by knowledgeable guides. The tour begins in the Mineral Discovery Center .... guests then board a 40 or so passenger bus that winds through crushing and separating facilities to a parking spot that overlooks the open pit mine. We spent as much time as needed asking Dave, our guide... More 

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Pennsylvania
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

This is a place that does group tours 5x a day and they are open Tues to Saturday. This was a spur of the moment excursion for me and I was the last to get in on the tour,so you might be better off having reservations although it's not mandatory. There is a fee for the tour, with discounts for... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We toured the open pit copper mine. It was very interesting and our guide was full of information about the whole operation. Took at bus to the top to view into the pit and learned about how they mine the copper ore. This is a great learning experience for everyone. They also have a very nice gift shop.

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Western New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

This open pit copper mine is a mindbendingly big hole in the ground. They say they have moved seven times as much soil and rock as was excavated to build the Panama Canal. The visitor center was interesting. My one complaint was that there were several videos showing in a small space and the sound overlapped badly. The information about... More 

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Elgin, Illinois
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

It's an interesting place to learn about open pit mining. They have a nice center with a film & other information. This was all free. Also a nice little gift shop with copper things. It was quite reasonable. You can pay for a tour, which we did, & it takes you to see the actual mining process. There were only... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This tour of a large open-pit mine and the large concentrator plant will educate you on minerals extraction and beneficiation. It is suitable for teenagers, college students, adults, and seniors. You will learn about the scope of operations necessary to extract low-grade copper ore, to crush it, to mix it into a slurry, and process it through separators, flotation cells,... More 

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