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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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A MUST SEE

Whenever we have visitors to Arizona, the Asarco Mineral Discovery Center is a MUST SEE. The tour is exceptionally interesting and well organized. There is a very nice gift... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Whenever we have visitors to Arizona, the Asarco Mineral Discovery Center is a MUST SEE. The tour is exceptionally interesting and well organized. There is a very nice gift shop, with reasonable prices.

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Green Valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was my First open pit mine tour, it was the best 1-1/2 hours spent in a long time. I will definitely bring friends and visiting relatives for a well described tour in the future.

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Sahuarita, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great to learn about the local minning. Short bus ride to the mine. The gift shop has local Arizona items. Nice and different.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

This is a pretty interesting tour of a copper mine. They start in the visitor center with some basic information. There you can also watch some movies while you wait for your tour to start. After that you are taken into the open pit with a bus. If I understood it correctly you can even see the blasting on weekday... More 

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Sahuarita, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

I have taken many family members on this tour when they come out to visit us. It's worth see and inexpensive too. The tour guides are former mine workers and they really know how it all works. You will never experince another tour as neat as this.

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Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

I love big toys so visiting an open pit mining operation was a must for me. The pit is huge and so is the equipment that hauls the ore. The tour was very informative and well worth the fee. The extraction facility and discovery center give you the full picture of exactly how the ore is processed. We really enjoyed... More 

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Green Valley, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Relatives were visiting and we had taken them to most of the local attractions. So, we decided to try the mine tour. I didn't expect much, but it turned out to be quite interesting. They drive you up on the tailings in a bus so you get a close-up view of the mine operation. They explain how copper is extracted... More 

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Sahuarita, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Tour was given by a retired mine employee, so he knew not only the script, but could answer off-script questions. The mine itself, viewed from the rim, is like a man-made Grand Canyon. You also go through the extraction facility, which uses pine oil - smells like a freshly mopped floor. Outdoors at the Discovery Center (museum), there are displays... More 

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Sahuarita, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

We went on the tour with a group of about 15 neighbors. The tour is very informative. It starts and ends at the gift shop where we learned some of the history of the mine before boarding a bus that took us into the mine. We were able to see all of the phases of the process and also some... More 

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

We really enjoyed this tour of a huge open-pit copper mine. The tour consists of a bus ride to a couple of interesting spots that are actively in use. Our docent was very knowledgeable and pointed out everything of interest. The visitor center also had some interesting displays. We're aware that a big purpose of this tour is P.R. for... More 

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