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Asarco Mineral Discovery Center

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Address: 1421 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, AZ 85629
Phone Number: 520 625 7513
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Opened in February of 1997, the Asarco Mineral Discovery Center (AMDC) is...

Opened in February of 1997, the Asarco Mineral Discovery Center (AMDC) is designed to convey the vital importance of mining in our civilization. Everything that we use everyday was somehow extracted from the earth — either by farming or by mining, and “if it can’t be grown, it has to be mined.”Located 20-minutes south of Tucson, AMDC has an exhibit center, theater and gift shop. For a nominal fee, tours are conducted of Asarco's Mission Mine; an active open-pit copper mine. Tour schedule is subject to change, reservations are recommended.

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EXCELLENT TOUR

This was our 2nd time here for this tour. Our guide was excellent, very knowledgeable on the bus tour. The Discovery Center has a lot of samples of rocks and pictures of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
jburd4444
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Levittown PA

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Levittown PA
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our 2nd time here for this tour. Our guide was excellent, very knowledgeable on the bus tour. The Discovery Center has a lot of samples of rocks and pictures of the mine. Newspaper articles too. If you are in the area, this tour should not be missed.

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1 Thank jburd4444
Surprise, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Drove down from PHX to tour the mine and Titan missile silo for a full day trip. Entry into the visitor center is free and had many displays, mineral samples, interactive displays and a number of videos available for viewing in their theater. Outside were several older pieces of equipment used in the pit, including an ore hauler. If you... More 

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4 Thank pakefromkona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wintering in Green Valley, it was obvious from the size of the tailings hills to the west that there was serious mining going on nearby. When we saw Trip Advisor had this mine tour listed at a top attraction we called for a reservation; the tour did not disappoint. The scope of the operation, the size of the trucks, the... More 

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3 Thank Fran C
Hiawatha, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

Just visited today and to be honest I wasn't too excited about going but boy was I surprised. Our guide was very interesting and informative. We found the whole tour to be fascinating. I would take it again!

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4 Thank Moondog24
Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

Folks, if you are touring through Tucson, this is seriously worth a visit. A modern, state-of-the-art visitor's center greets you with lots of information about copper mining, how we use copper in our lives, the surrounding environment, etc. A nice theater shows a loop of three different movies, with the one specifically about the copper mine being the best (the... More 

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4 Thank coffeetime69
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

The Asarco Open Pit Copper Mine Tour is terrific. The tour guide Doug is a fountain of information. The tour builds in a very dramatic way from the excellent visitor's center then by tour bus through the processing stages to the gob smacking view of the 20,000 acre active pit mine.

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3 Thank Robert M
Annandale, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

The guided visit is really worth it. The site of this mine is gigantic. You will learn a lot about the copper production process.

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2 Thank Felix553
Springfield, Ohio
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015 via mobile

For me it was not that exciting of an attraction. A lot of info about minerals and rocks. Just not that interesting to me I guess.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

Worked in 70s was just looking nothing changed still big hole in ground same dirt roads same buildings

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Green Valley, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We visited here with our grandson. It's a sight to see. Mining is a historical industry in AZ and, if one isn't bothered by what mining does to the land, there's much to see. These include a view into the cavernous hole in the ground, a trip thru the processing facility, gigantic equipment to view. a gift shop, and more.

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