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Asarco Mineral Discovery Center

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Address: 1421 W Pima Mine Rd, Sahuarita, AZ 85629-8360
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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We randomly drove by this mine on our way to the Titan Missile Museum. With a little time available to us on our way back to Tucson, we decided to stop and check it out even... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Kilgore, Texas
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Kilgore, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We randomly drove by this mine on our way to the Titan Missile Museum. With a little time available to us on our way back to Tucson, we decided to stop and check it out even though there were no tours on weekdays in the summertime. We were glad we stopped because the exhibits and machines are interesting and impressive!... More 

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Tulalip
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family has taken the mine tour and some of us just stayed at the center and enjoyed the film they show of the mining process. Someone is there to answer questions and name the various rocks displayed.

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1 Thank Roxine B
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm very interested in mining being a native Arizonan & fourth-generation Arizonan. Copper is one of the C's that built Arizona the others being Cattle & Cotton, My wife & I & another couple were visiting Tucson & because of my interest in Mining I talked them into going on the ASARCO "MINE TOUR", even though it was a 45... More 

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Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

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 July 13, 2016 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 June 28, 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
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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