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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
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 stars
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We didn't go in to see what the "Thing" was really all about, just stopped for a bathroom break and refreshments.

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2014
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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Oakland, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Laramie, Wyoming
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5 reviews 5 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

This is the most disgusting thing I've seen at a roadside attraction. Referring to a mother and child who were buried together as a "thing" is reprehensible. Although I seriously question whether or not these are actually human remains (I expect there are laws governing the ownership and display of human remains), it doesn't matter---depicting this sad scene and making... More 

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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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Top Contributor
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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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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
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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New York City, New York
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55 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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  • 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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