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Arizona Museum of Natural History

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Address: 53 N. MacDonald Street, Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone Number: +1 480-644-2230
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Arizona Museum of Natural History is the premier natural history museum...

The Arizona Museum of Natural History is the premier natural history museum in Arizona. It is dedicated to inspire wonder, respect, and understanding for the natural and cultural history of the Southwest.

Explore Arizona and the Southwest from the creation of the earth 4.5 Billion years ago to the present. See the origins of life on earth, meteorites and minerals. In Dinosaur Hall, discover some of the biggest dinosaurs that ever lived, and on Dinosaur Mountain see how some appeared and sounded in a natural context. In a Walk through Time, explore ancient Arizona's Paleozoic Seas, Triassic Petrified Forest, monsters of the Cretaceous Seas, and the first animals to fly. "Rulers of the Prehistoric Skies", our newest exhibit, presents the amazing diversity of Pterosaurs, the flying reptiles of the Mesozoic. Neither dinosaurs nor birds, Pterosaurs ruled the skies from about 225 to 65 million years ago.

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Wonderful trip! The workers were amazing and they were able to answer all the questions my kids had.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful trip! The workers were amazing and they were able to answer all the questions my kids had.

Thank 822denar
Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This venue has many interesting exhibits relating to Natural History and the Southwest and is a huge favorite with schoolchildren and very affordable as well. A real addition to the Downtown Mesa scene and very near the new Light rail that passes only a half block to the south of the building. A must see when wandering round the East... More 

Thank golfrp63
Sun Lakes, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have taken my Grandchildren here many times. Small but very well designed. The gold panning is unique & kids love it.

Thank Vicki C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A great place for kids and families--even our young adult children had a great time. A great variety of displays with lots of opportunities for interactive fun. Highly recommended!

Thank Tucson_Matsue
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Was pleasantly surprise. It was very nice and informative. A lot to see. Plus the old city jail cells. Pan for gold too. And dinosaurs !!!!!! I would recommend it. Great for kids too.

Thank Rick j
Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have taken all 10 of my grandchildren here at some point, all different age ranges. They all love something different about it. Some of them enjoyed panning for gold, some loved the dinosaurs and one even liked the old jail cells. There is just a huge variety of things to see, interact with and something of interest for all... More 

Thank mesamel
Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited the museum for the first time this week and was quite pleased with the displays and the overall layout of the exhibits. For a small town, the museum is perfect. There are many things for children to get interactive with and the exhibits are easy for the kids to understand. Well worth going back to in order to absorb... More 

Thank Bill R
Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We made the mistake of coming on the first Sunday of the month. I think all the museums are free the first Sunday of each month. The place was packed! I would probably give it a higher rating, but it was wall to wall people and we didn't stay long. FYI - the animatronic dinosaurs scared my 4 year old.

Thank AZCityGirl
Escondido, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum is not too large. Took us about 2-3 hours to tour it all. Lots of cool dinosaur exhibits! We even enjoyed the panning for gold.

Thank Karen B
Kihei, Maui, Hawaii
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

A nice place to take your kids and explore prehistoric animals and early Indian artifacts. Lots of interactive exhibits for kids. Lots of free parking in the area.

Thank Itan2Much

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