Arizona Museum of Natural History

Arizona Museum of Natural History, Mesa: Hours, Address, Arizona Museum of Natural History Reviews: 4.5/5

Arizona Museum of Natural History

Arizona Museum of Natural History
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Stand under a towering dinosaur or mammoth, pan for gold, experience a flash flood roaring down Dinosaur Mountain, or the rumble of an active volcano, and so much more. Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm Closed Monday and all federal and city holidays. Admission Prices $13.00 - Adults $10.00 - Seniors 65+ $8.00 - Students 13+ with ID $7.00 - Children 3-12 Free - Children 2 and under. $2 - EBT Card Holders (Must show ID & EBT CARD) EBT card holders can receive a discounted museum admission of $2 per person for up to 6 family members. Please present EBT card and valid form of ID when purchasing tickets or upon entry. The AzMNH offers this discounted rate through the Museums for All signature access program.
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Maria Granic
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We all liked to hear about various dinosaurs. The children liked to touch one of the dinosaurs (they were allowed to do so by one of the curators), watch some of the films upstairs in the nice chairs, and walk around to see the various gems. One of the most attractive places for the two- and four-year-olds was the playroom with so many types of toys. I would recommend it to people of all ages; it is a gem of a museum in Mesa!
Written June 11, 2022
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Katie P
Lubbock, TX1 contribution
Family
We tried this museum while visiting Phoenix because of all the reviews saying it was fun for kids. I brought my 8 year old and 5 year old, and they didn’t love it. It’s a really well done museum, but if your kids are used to traditional children’s museums that are full of interactive exhibits, this isn’t for them.
Written June 10, 2022
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baberrant
Corvallis, OR69 contributions
This museum is impressively designed. My sister and I visited on a Saturday and it was full of families and VERY excited small children. Traffic flow is smooth and we didn't feel crowded or rushed.
If you are looking for research level science this isn't the place for you but if you are looking for an entertaining way to spend a couple of hours that doesn't include the internet, I would recommend AMNH.
Written February 4, 2020
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Linda H
49 contributions
This museum was wonderful with all the displays of different types of dinosaurs from bugs to huge dinosaurs. There were stories of where they lived in Western U.S.A. and some from other areas Great displays in their habitat. Also an abundance of Indian information along with their life, their culture and differences between the tribes of the Americas. You will see beautiful leather and beaded dresses and tops and pants for the leaders of the tribe; baskets, dishes, woven mats, displays of homes and caves that the Indian tribes lived in. This is a half to all day visit and take lots of pictures. This really shows the culture of the Indians in very early Southwest.
Written April 14, 2020
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divaw0rld
Richfield, WI443 contributions
We're so glad we visited the Museum. The young woman who greeted us and sold us our tickets set the tone with her friendly personality. This is certainly the place to visit for anyone who enjoys learning about dinosaurs and seeing real bones and skeletons. The exhibits are clearly marked and totally interesting. There is a two-story exhibit where the dinosaurs come to life. It was easy to see that this was a high point for folks, as many of them were sitting on the benches that provided a view of the exhibit. Besides dinosaurs, we visited the Spanish Arizona Mine and Jail exhibit. Here, you can walk through a rendition of a mine (Lost Dutchman Mine) and view the process and accouterments used by miners who worked the mines. The Jail, which dates from 1883 gave a history as well as info on the types of 'residents' who stayed there. All of the cells were open, providing an opportunity to get a look at a cell from inside out. Our next stop was the Hohokam exhibit which provided information on the architectures and lives of the Hohokam tribe.The Museum also features a wall of dated pottery representing AZ and other worldwide excavations. On our way out, we visited the gift shop (of course!). If you live in Arizona, and have not visited the Museum of Natural History, make this a next destination.
Written February 8, 2020
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kayleeyawn001
Edmonton, Canada26 contributions
They had some beautiful displays here with dinosaurs, fossils, gemstones and Indian artifacts. They also had a cool mining and jail exhibit. If you have kids, you can even pan for gold outside! This was well worth the money and even offers a discount for students.
Written January 9, 2020
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A R H
Sedona, AZ820 contributions
This Hohokam Platform Mound site does not have a website of its own as it is controlled and operated by the Museum of Natural History. We were lucky enough to have 3 senior archaeological experts as well as the site's resident archaeologist on our visit, which allowed us to understand the site, which as it stands is basically a series of mounds. The interpretive plaques sited around the park give a good explanation of Mesa Grande and the Hohokam builders, however, the site has not been excavated or restored so difficult for the layman to fully appreciated and understand this second largest Hohokam Platform Mound site. A lovely park and good to know the history and culture of Hohokam is preserved and available to the public.
Written January 13, 2020
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rmarie0789
Davison, MI19 contributions
Family
We visited the museum on a Wednesday afternoon & had a great experience. My 1 and 2.5 year olds enjoyed the full experience, and were fascinated by all of the dinosaurs! The interactive area in the basement, dinosaur slides & tunnels, and outdoor digging were favorites. We actually wound up staying for over 2 hours, so we definitely got our money worth! If we lived in the area, we would definitely be back to visit again.
Written March 10, 2020
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Chrissa
Paris, France11 contributions
We did not have very high expectations when we saw how inexpensive the entry fee was... but WOW! This place has so many dinosaurs. It was very easy to navigate with a whee chair and even spaces we thought would not be accessible were made large enough to accommodate a standard chair. Plenty of hands on activities to keep everyone busy, including panning for gold! The exhibit on mining was very well done and gave people a real sense of how dark and scary it was. I highly recommend this if you have kids. Or if you are an adult who loves dinosaurs, old west history, minerals and rocks, and to have fun. We were so excited to arrive when an archaeologist was present with a series of skulls and was answering questions about the evolution of humans.
Written March 12, 2020
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zeus800
50 contributions
This Museum is a do not miss when visiting Mesa, Arizona. My husband and I visited last year and enjoyed every moment. It was very busy but the displays are setup so that there is no crowding around the larger sets. Some of the animatronic sets are on a time schedule, so be sure to wait to see them. This is definitely a place to bring kids.
Written July 21, 2020
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