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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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Asarco Copper Mine tour

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 18, 2015
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Los Angeles, California

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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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 

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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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17 reviews 17 reviews
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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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20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
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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18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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Thunder Bay, Canada
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112 reviews 112 reviews
55 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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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240 helpful votes 240 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
20 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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Address: Address: 1421 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, AZ 85629
Phone Number: 520 625 7513
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Sahuarita

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