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Arizona Museum of Natural History
Ranked #7 of 63 things to do in Mesa
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Owner description: The Arizona Museum of Natural History is the premier natural history museum in Arizona. It is dedicated to inspire wonder, respect, and understanding for the natural and cultural history of the Southwest. Explore Arizona and the Southwest from the creation of the earth 4.5 Billion years ago to the present. See the origins of life on earth, meteorites and minerals. In Dinosaur Hall, discover some of the biggest dinosaurs that ever lived, and on Dinosaur Mountain see how some appeared and sounded in a natural context. In a Walk through Time, explore ancient Arizona's Paleozoic Seas, Triassic Petrified Forest, monsters of the Cretaceous Seas, and the first animals to fly. "Rulers of the Prehistoric Skies", our newest exhibit, presents the amazing diversity of Pterosaurs, the flying reptiles of the Mesozoic. Neither dinosaurs nor birds, Pterosaurs ruled the skies from about 225 to 65 million years ago.
Reviewed April 8, 2013

I love Natural History museums - mainly for the dinosaurs. This museum did not disappoint! It has a large display of dinosaur bones and a very impressive dinosaur mountain. I took so many pictures, from every angle! I even waited for the flash flood to arrive. I loved the mine and jail section. Once you exit the jail you arrive at an outdoor section where you can dig dinosaur bones and pan for gold. The museum is worth the price of admission. I highly recommend it to families with young children and dinosaur lovers.

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Reviewed March 26, 2013

Wonderful natural history museum, with a bunch of large skeletons--very cool. There is a wave generator that shows the effects of the monsoons, and too many other things to describe. Easily found in central Mesa, this is highly reccommended . Whether young or old, there is a great time to be had here.

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Reviewed March 21, 2013

This place was awesome. I liked the exhibits and we also went to the dig site. It was great. My kids had a great time. The little kids area was great for my 3 and 6 years old. My 9 year old had a great time with the dinosaur and mineral exhibit.

1  Thank April D
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Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

My daughter thinks that this is the coolest place, with all the dinosaurs . You can hear them roar throughout the museum. You can pan for gold outside and also search for fossils. They have a room where u can watch dinosaur movies, they have puzzles and things to do everywhere. They do dinosaur camp, night at the museum and the coolest thing its to go hunting for dinosaur eggs during easter.

1  Thank jolieee
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

This natural history museum is located in downtown Mesa, AZ. It has nice dinosaur exhibits. It has rock displays. Kids love the chance to touch the rocks and crystals formations on display. The museum also has an activity area for younger kids. There is a regularly scheduled flash flood for some added excitement. You can pan for "gold" or dig for dinosaur bones in outdoor section of the museum. Kids love the prospecting. They have replica of old mines and jails from the early days of Arizona. It is definitely woth you time.

1  Thank Johnny T
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