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Arizona Museum of Natural History Mesa

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Arizona Museum of Natural History
53 N Macdonald
Mesa
AZ
85201
Tel: 480-644-2230

Directions

The museum is located in downtown Mesa at 53 N. Macdonald Mesa, AZ 85201

It is just one block north of Main Street. If you take the US60 or 202 to Country Club Drive that will take you to Main Street, where you just go .5 miles east to Macdonald and you will find the museum.

Where are we going today?

The Arizona Museum of Natural History is an incredible educational and exciting experience for every age.  Here you can experience the origins of life on earth, from the meteorites and minerals to the first inhabitants.

What was the earth like 4.5 billion years ago? (That's much older than you are!)

There are a number of fascinating and informative exhibits, beautifully laid out and cared for.  Some are permanent, but some are limited so make sure you check which ones you want to really see.

Dinosaur Hall is one of the most popular experiences in the Arizona Museum of Natural History, and when you visit you can see why.   It is home to some of the biggest dinosaurs that ever walked the earth!

Dinosaur Mountain actually allows you to see how some of the dinosaurs might have even looked and sounded!  Think you know what a T-Rex sounded like? 

Walk Through Time takes you back to a place of the Triassic period, witnessing the monsters of the Cretaceous oceans, and even shows you the first animals to fly!

There are exhibits which focus on the Southwest American history, from the big game hunters and gathers, and the Desert Culture of the region.  You can also flash forward to modern day and look at some of the movies filmed in Arizona....and....action!  That's for you!  Because you could ever be in a western movie yourself! Did you want your cue again...?

Have you ever seen a flash flood cascade down a three story mountain INSIDE a museum?  Or experience a real jail?  Well...you know the place you can!

The Arizona Museum of Natural History is a truly fascinating experience where there really is always something to learn and discover! 

 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$12.00
  • Children$6 (ages 3-12)
  • Free Under: 2
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Tuesday -Friday10am to 5pm / Saturday 11am to 5pm / Sunday 1pm to 5pm

Closed on Mondays and Holidays.

Teachers corner

The museum is an incredible resource for teachers and students to study and learn about nature and the world. There are resource guides available, with goal set for each visit, as well as suggested reading lists. .

Need a little extra help?

The museum is fully accessible for wheelchairs so the more the merrier!.

Baby Facilities

The restrooms are equipped with baby changing stations. .

Can I get one of those?

The Museum Store is a great place to pick up both fun and educational items, such as toys, games, shirts, and actual genuine fossils! There is also Native American pottery and handcrafted jewelry. .

More information

If you love the museum and want to volunteer, they do offer places so make sure you ask about it during your visit!.

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    This museum truly is a staple in Arizona, the exhibits are worth a days adventure and the knowledgeable and friendly staff are always there to answer your questions. I highly recommend taking a day to enjoy this wonderful museum and all it has to offer.

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    Omg it is the most awesome museum ever I recommend it if u have children

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    This museum is a nice place to take kids on a weekend or during the summer. Inside, you'll see some giant prehistoric creatures' bones, and some animatronic dinosaurs. There are a few stories that you can explore, with all the walls lined with rocks or exhibits. On the backside of the museum, outside, there is a place where the kids can "find" dinosaur bones under foam. There is also a gold mining area, where you can try your hand at panhandling for gold in an area where there is running water over sand. I've seen some pretty big chunks being...Read More

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    We enjoyed this museum, they have a lot of really neat things. My kids, when they were younger, really liked the dinosaurs and the jailhouse. Overall, I think its a pretty great place, but it is not huge and we got through it pretty quickly, so pace yourself.

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    Very boring even for 10 years olds. Mostly pictures. Could have just googled everything they have here and saved the money.

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by skye wilson

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This museum is a nice place to take kids on a weekend or during the summer. Inside, you'll see some giant prehistoric creatures' bones, and some animatronic dinosaurs. There are a few stories that you can explore, with all the walls lined with rocks or exhibits. On the backside of the museum, outside, there is a place where the kids can "find" dinosaur bones under foam. There is also a gold mining area, where you can try your hand at panhandling for gold in an area where there is running water over sand. I've seen some pretty big chunks being retrieved. Once back inside, go into a theater and learn about something, it was pterodactyls last time I was there or visit the old gadget room. The museum is a little small but well layed out.

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