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Arizona Museum of Natural History

53 N Macdonald, Mesa, AZ 85201-7325
+1 480-644-2230
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Dinosaurs

My daughter, great grandson and I visited this museum. It was an interesting place with several... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
janis6west
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Mesa, Arizona
Go!!

This museum is great for kids and adults! Not so big to make younger kids restless but big enough... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Slashcat1
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NE
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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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53 N Macdonald, Mesa, AZ 85201-7325
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"western movie"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

My daughter, great grandson and I visited this museum. It was an interesting place with several interactive exhibits. Lots of fun.

Thank janis6west
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This museum is great for kids and adults! Not so big to make younger kids restless but big enough for everyone. 2 hours or so. Loved the skeletal displays, the interactives for the kids and the flash flood! Definitely plan on going if in the...More

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is one of my favorite museums. Interactive exhibits make it fun for all ages. Don’t forget to go gold panning. Watch out for getting pulled in for too long looking at the glittery fools gold. Make sure you make it to dinosaur mountain in...More

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Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

If you have kids, it is probably a great museum. For adults, it is small and not super informative. Well payed out.

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Reviewed March 26, 2018

Very interesting little museum. Many of the exhibits are geared to engaging children, but adults will find it fun too. They have a real touchable dinosaur fossil. Many of the exhibits had "please touch" signs. In the middle of the museum is a mountain with...More

2  Thank flowergrowerDee
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Reviewed March 13, 2018

The main attraction would be the dinosaurs, but there is actually lots of other stuff. They have a bunch of interesting rocks from the area. There is a flash flood demo that runs every half or so, which is perhaps useful for some to realize...More

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Reviewed March 7, 2018 via mobile

Just go to the Arizona Museum of Natural History for a fun time and also an educated time! You will learn a lot from the Natural history of Arizona with fun activities like panning gold!

Thank Tycho L
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Reviewed February 24, 2018

Well-crafted and sometimes animated exhibits give you a glimpse of ancient times. The flash flood (with thunder and lightning) was great fun.

Thank Alice A
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Reviewed February 17, 2018

There's a lot of fun to be had at this museum--roaring dinosaurs swinging their big tails, water rushing down a mountainside, real jail cells in the basement--but it could be so so much better. Most of the exhibits have no explanation. Two obvious examples. The...More

Thank yooperann
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Reviewed January 29, 2018

Our kids loved this place!!! The dinosaurs are so cool!! Lots of exhibits to look at! Good prices and a must do when in Mesa!!

Thank _Jessica88R
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Hours of Operation Tues - Fri: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun: 1 - 5 p.m.
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No, it is probably pyrite (a.k.a. fool's gold).
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Admission Prices: $12 - Adults $7 - Children 3-12 $10 - Seniors 65+ $8 - Students 13+ with ID Free - Children ages 2 & younger Prices for outings to stay overnight are more, but worth the price for the experience. You'd... More
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