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Asarco Mineral Discovery Center

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Address: 1421 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, AZ 85629
Phone Number: 520 625 7513
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Opened in February of 1997, the Asarco Mineral Discovery Center (AMDC...

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 open pit mine tour

The Asarco Open Pit Copper Mine Tour is terrific. The tour guide Doug is a fountain of information. The tour builds in a very dramatic way from the excellent visitor's center... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Robert M
Seattle, Washington

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Seattle, Washington
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Asarco Open Pit Copper Mine Tour is terrific. The tour guide Doug is a fountain of information. The tour builds in a very dramatic way from the excellent visitor's center then by tour bus through the processing stages to the gob smacking view of the 20,000 acre active pit mine.

Thank Robert M
Annandale, New Jersey
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The guided visit is really worth it. The site of this mine is gigantic. You will learn a lot about the copper production process.

Thank Felix553
Springfield, Ohio
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230 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

For me it was not that exciting of an attraction. A lot of info about minerals and rocks. Just not that interesting to me I guess.

Thank JubileeJerry
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

Worked in 70s was just looking nothing changed still big hole in ground same dirt roads same buildings

Thank Rick D
Green Valley, Arizona
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100 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We visited here with our grandson. It's a sight to see. Mining is a historical industry in AZ and, if one isn't bothered by what mining does to the land, there's much to see. These include a view into the cavernous hole in the ground, a trip thru the processing facility, gigantic equipment to view. a gift shop, and more.

Thank patricia M
Green Valley, Arizona
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285 reviews
85 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

If you have never seen an open pit Copper Mine, this is a great experience. The visitor center has a very nice display of mining equipment with some of the largest ore carriers in the world.

1 Thank Phil S
Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

The mine is owned by Groupo Mexico. It was an interesting tour with a well-versed guide (Bill). Our group (So Cal PIlots) toured this, the Titan Missile Museum, and the Pima Air Museum. All were good tours.

Thank Rob B
Huntsville, Alabama
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34 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

The vast scope of this operation is mind-boggling. We drove and drove and drove. Looking down into the enormous pit and seeing the huge trucks look like tiny toys really was amazing, especially since they have a ginormous tire on display at the viewing area. Highly recommend this for anyone with an interest in engineering. I am not scientifically minded,... More 

Thank Angie F
Tucson, Arizona
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We recently went on this tour as a spur of the moment thing as we were driving by with family from out of town. It was very informative and our tour guide and bus driver were great. The tor lasted about 1hr 15min. The majority of the tour is from a bus. There are two stops to get off the... More 

1 Thank Jillian D
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

My father came to visit so we went here one day. We really had a great time. Tour guide was very informative about all aspects of the mine. We were lucky as they were blasting that day and got to witness this from the same place as the blast team. Fun time!

Thank Glenn S

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