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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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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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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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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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

Had some down time and noticed this was a short walk from my hotel so I wandered over. I can say that I got my full $12 worth. Nice mix of prehistoric dino bones, minerals and early culture displays. Fair number of kids running around but that's to be expected on a weekday.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

If you get the chance to visit this museum do not miss it. It's fascinating and very informative at all levels of knowledge. The exhibits are stunning and everyone is so willing to explain that you'll come out wanting to go back.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

Highlights: ancient history and artifacts, dinosaur fossils, pretty minerals, panning for gold. Went on a Sunday and it was lightly attended.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

Theeere was so much to see and read that when i put my photos on Shutterfly "people" and "dinosaur times." The main entrance has the skeletons of a shark and an American Mastodon. Grabbers for the children and me too. Then you go through the different halls learning about the geology of the SouthwestThe other half of the museum presents... More 

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