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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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Fun and interesting!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Tucson, Arizona
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Tucson, Arizona
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20 reviews 20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

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
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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
28 helpful votes 28 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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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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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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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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31 helpful votes 31 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
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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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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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