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2631 N Johnson Rd, Benson, AZ 85602
+1 520-586-2581
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  • Excellent23%
  • Very good35%
  • Average26%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible13%
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“gift shop” (5 reviews)
“dairy queen” (6 reviews)
“tourist stops” (2 reviews)
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2631 N Johnson Rd, Benson, AZ 85602
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Reviewed March 31, 2018

This is the spot dedicated to a dessicated "thing" on display at this full-service spot on Interstate 10.

Thank Steven P
Reviewed March 3, 2018

What is the thing? Well, a fake mummy. That’s what it is. And a chit-ton of weird wood sculptures. Oh, and Hitler’s car. For a buck a person it was worth stopping.

1  Thank Jason G
Reviewed January 30, 2018

We've driven past this 'tourist trap' for 40 years and never stopped in until this trip. The restaurant was under construction but in the midst of the construction the food service area was clean and the staff efficient and friendly. The museum in the back...More

1  Thank BuddyKY
Reviewed November 23, 2017

If you take "The Thing" too serious you will miss recalling the anticipation of youth, eager to see the mysterious unknown of those old roadside attractions, The Thing is for the young at heart. I liked it, my kids had fun with it and the...More

Thank Carl W
Reviewed August 9, 2017

Through out my childhood living in Arizona, I would drive past yellow billboard signs that had "The Thing" written in red on them. Oh the excitement! I really wanted to stop and see it. But I had to wait until I was a adult before...More

Thank Jerri O
Reviewed July 31, 2017

If you haven't been here you must come soon. I can't tell you anything as I pinky swore that I wouldn't. Its just something that you cannot imagine unless you are there. Unreal, unbelievable.

Thank MXKing
Reviewed July 16, 2017

strong coffee, tv to watch and made to order breakfast plus places for rvs to park, what else could a gal ask for?

Thank 567glennak
Reviewed June 16, 2017

My daughter did the tour by herself this time and could not stop talking about it for 2 hours. Thank you Mr. Hope, please keep the tour going, it is part of history.

Thank averyfamily3
Reviewed March 4, 2017 via mobile

There are reportedly 247 billboards between El Paso and Tucson that peak your interest about what "The Thing" is ... ... keep in mind people, this is a roadside attraction from the 50's. Or should I say leftover from the 50's. So if you have...More

2  Thank WMRoadtripper
Reviewed February 22, 2017

If you enter with a fun-loving attitude, then it's kind of cool. Right off of the freeway. Stop for gas, the Dairy Queen inside, and pay the 75 cents or so to walk through the exhibit that is The Thing!

Thank jeremyw561
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Takeout, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
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Families with children
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2631 N Johnson Rd, Benson, AZ 85602
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Benson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-586-2581
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It is 17 miles east of Benson and about 40 miles east of Tucson on Interstate 10 (Exit 322). Look around the spacious gift shop and purchase a few gifts, a couple of pieces of Indian Handmade or gold jewelry, some pottery, or one of the many other items available at this location. Do your shopping before you tour the museum and look for The Thing. Because afterwards you will probably want to compose yourself and just sit awhile sipping a cold soda or try to calm your nerves by scarfing up an Ultimate Burger or shoveling down a cold DQ Blizzard at the Dairy Queen located right next door. This location also offers self-serve Shell fuel with 24 hr. Pay at the pump service.
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