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2631 N Johnson Rd, Benson, AZ 85602
+1 520-586-2581
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Description: It is 17 miles east of Benson and about 40 miles east of Tucson on...
It is 17 miles east of Benson and about 40 miles east of Tucson on Interstate 10 (Exit 322). Look around the spacious gift shop and purchase a few gifts, a couple of pieces of Indian Handmade or gold jewelry, some pottery, or one of the many other items available at this location. Do your shopping before you tour the museum and look for The Thing. Because afterwards you will probably want to compose yourself and just sit awhile sipping a cold soda or try to calm your nerves by scarfing up an Ultimate Burger or shoveling down a cold DQ Blizzard at the Dairy Queen located right next door. This location also offers self-serve Shell fuel with 24 hr. Pay at the pump service.
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  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
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    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
do not drive past, go once

It MIGHT be an extremely valuable treasure, a mummy recovered from high in the Andes of South America. More likely a paper and glue facsimile thereof. Regardless, do not miss for two dollars. And get a few bumper stickers to show you've been. the signs have spanned hundreds of miles of desert... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 8, 2015
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Harrisburg, North Carolina
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Oakland, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

This place is disgusting. They charge money to see a deceased mother and baby. What is to gain by doing such a disgusting thing.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

I've wanted to see this since I was a child travelling on I-10 in the 60's...the trip was boring, but the billboards about the Thing kept us entertained. I took my teenage son and we really enjoyed the museum, and seeing the Thing...it's only one dollar admission!

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Harrisburg, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

It MIGHT be an extremely valuable treasure, a mummy recovered from high in the Andes of South America. More likely a paper and glue facsimile thereof. Regardless, do not miss for two dollars. And get a few bumper stickers to show you've been. the signs have spanned hundreds of miles of desert since the mid twentieth century. Its a piece... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Crappy dusty souvenirs, lots of plastic indian dolls, dirty bathrooms. DQ server was rude - she did not want to be at work that day, poor thing. An ugly nasty truckstop.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014 via mobile

We stopped in on a road trip after reading about it online. It is exactly as advertised, a funny cheesy tourist stop. We got a bunch of pictures and a couple funny cheesy souvenirs and it was a fun $1 spent. If you expect what they advertise you won't be disappointed.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

It is a road-side tourist trap reminiscent of the old "Freak Shows". Totally worth the money. Which is 2 bucks, so you aren't out anything. The gift shop there is GRRRRREAT! LOTS of souvenirs and unlike most tourist stops, VERY reasonably priced.

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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We didn't go in to see what the "Thing" was really all about, just stopped for a bathroom break and refreshments.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

You've got to see it! The mystery of the desert. As good as a buck can be spent. Shocking... Spellbinding... Pleasant dreams!

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El Paso, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

The Thing is a southern AZ landmark that should be on your list to do at least once. Admittedly, it's cheesy and hokey, but good wholesome fun. And you can get some DQ treats at the same time!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

Saw the signs all the way from las cruces and let them draw us in when we finally reached the roadside attraction. Ok, this isnt the Smithsonian, but it will break up your drive to Tuscon. The thing is as shown on other searches, a sort of mummy that is well, i dunno, you tell me. Enjoy the mystery!

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Address: 2631 N Johnson Rd, Benson, AZ 85602
Phone Number: +1 520-586-2581
Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Benson

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  • Address: 2631 N Johnson Rd, Benson, AZ 85602
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Benson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-586-2581

Description

It is 17 miles east of Benson and about 40 miles east of Tucson on Interstate 10 (Exit 322). Look around the spacious gift shop and purchase a few gifts, a couple of pieces of Indian Handmade or gold jewelry, some pottery, or one of the many other items available at this location. Do your shopping before you tour the museum and look for The Thing. Because afterwards you will probably want to compose yourself and just sit awhile sipping a cold soda or try to calm your nerves by scarfing up an Ultimate Burger or shoveling down a cold DQ Blizzard at the Dairy Queen located right next door. This location also offers self-serve Shell fuel with 24 hr. Pay at the pump service.

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