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

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2015
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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

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Green Valley, Arizona
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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.

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Green Valley, Arizona
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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.

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Los Angeles, California
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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.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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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 

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Tucson, Arizona
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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 

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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!

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Green Valley, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is worth seeing, even if only to grasp the size of the equipment and depth of the hole they dig. A lot of dirt must be moved to get a little copper.

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Newark, IL
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The tour was interesting and we learned a lot about copper mining. The museum on the site was also interesting

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Albany, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Our family was visiting in the Tucson area recently. We stopped by the Asarco Discovery Center as a bit of an after thought, but it was a good choice. Unfortunately, we did not have time to take the full tour of the mine, but we spent quite a bit of time wandering around the outside area looking at the massive... More 

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