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Arizona Museum of Natural History

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Address: 53 N Macdonald, Mesa, AZ 85201-7325
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+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
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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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Great Museum for Everyone

This museum has something for everyone. There are lots of hands on activities for kids, and interesting things for adults to see. There is a room with a stage coach, and posters... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Seattle, Washington
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106 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really this is a "CHILDREN'S MUSEUM", and the staff should really let you know that when you come here to visit. Now I understand the sign on the reception desk that says no refunds, We would have asked for our money back. This place was so noisy and overrun with school groups, that you could not hear yourself think, you... More 

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Bowie, MD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum has something for everyone. There are lots of hands on activities for kids, and interesting things for adults to see. There is a room with a stage coach, and posters of all of the movies that were made in Arizona,, cells from the old Mesa jail, you can pan for "gold", and of course there are the dinasaurs... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We took our 4 and 1 1/2 yr old boys here recently. Although its a fairly small museum, my kiddos had a good time. Not a ton to do for the little ones but several hands on exhibits which is a must when you have young kids. They loved panning for gold and of course seeing all the Dinosaurs. Would... More 

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Loveland, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great dinosaur displays with "active" dinosaurs in a large display. Great facts to go along with the many types found in this area.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017 via mobile

This is a Must see Museum. Small but great art pieces from many different nations. Perfect place to take the grandkids. Places for them to play and learn history at the same time. The moving dinosaurs and the flash flood was very cool!!! Panning for gold was neat to try too!

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

We brought our 9.5 yr old niece and she was very interested in the experience. Much of the displays are heavy in scientific exploration, they're married well with AZ and southwest (Mexico, too) history. From astronomy, to minerals, to dinosaurs and beyond, we enjoyed the 3 floors of science and history. I think we spent 4 hours there. Not much... More 

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Terre Haute, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

We took our four and six-year-old boys: they had a blast, and there was plenty to keep the adults interested, too. My kids' favorites were the animatronic dinosaurs on a flash flood on a "mountain," and the many (about 10?) large floor puzzles of dinosaurs and such as hands-on entertainment. There is a nice section on prehistoric cultures of the... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

We have been going here for years with my kids. Since they were 3 and 5. Now they are 10 and 12. They still love it. They love the waterfalls and all the large dinosaur skeletons.

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Lethbridge, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

An interesting place that exposes one to the history of the Mesa/Phoenix area. While the site is small in area the guest is exposed to a view of how Hohokan people lived and provides an insight into their culture and contributions to the history of Arizona. The entrance fee is $5 per person. A interesting location for anyone interested in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 2016

Visited the museum with my fiancee with my in-laws. It was a great day out defineitly got favorite parts of the place by far. Will return to visit one day.

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