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Arizona Museum of Natural History

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Address: 53 N Macdonald, Mesa, AZ 85201-7325
Phone Number: +1 480-644-2230
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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 visit with my fieancee and in-laws.

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Lethbridge, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Basingstoke
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Swansea, United Kingdom
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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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016

It was interesting. It was crowed with lots of people but I learned some things when I was there. I would recomend it if I had kids.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

I usually attend the natural history museum in Los Angeles which has lots to see but is not very interactive. This place is great for kids! Lots to do and play with. We spent hours here and it was cheap.

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Cedar City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

What an adventure, it was a wonderful trip with 3 inquisitive grandkids in tow, so many questions that were generally answered by just reading. We had a great time and will be back.

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Payson, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016

This museum has exhibits and activities that appeal to children of all ages, as well as adults.. The kids love the play area with a slide in a tree and panning for gold. The dinosaur exhibit is of special interest. I would recommend not going on the free day as museum is very crowded, and it is hard to get... More 

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