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Arizona Museum of Natural History

Open Now: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
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There were 5 of us adults and we decided to go to this museum. Our local Mesa family wasn't very... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Tamassee, South Carolina
Great for grandkids time

If you ever need something to do with young children good place to. Lots of interactive things and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“pan for gold”(15 reviews)
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...more
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53 N Macdonald, Mesa, AZ 85201-7325
+1 480-644-2230
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 20 August 2006

This place does not look like much from the outside but it's a gem. The dinosaur exhibit was first class with moving exhibits and waterfalls. But the best part was the lost dutchman mine exhibit, which includes panning for fools gold. We highly recommend this...More

12  Thank jsilva12
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 3 July 2011

We have visited this museum for the past three years and the first two visits were great! Kids loved it, tons of great exhibits, dinosaurs, gold mine, jail, etc. But this year's visit was very disappointing because half of the museum was empty and in...More

3  Thank Connie05342
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Reviewed 3 days ago

There were 5 of us adults and we decided to go to this museum. Our local Mesa family wasn't very encouraging about the museum; so we weren't expecting much. BUT were we pleasantly surprised! We spent about 3 hours in here looking, and learning all...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you ever need something to do with young children good place to. Lots of interactive things and sights and sounds that are entertaining. Parking is easy and tickets affordable. Our five year old granddaughter enjoyed it.

Thank SeattleBrooklynBoy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Museum is a great source of information related to the area. The dinosaurs were all found locally and the exhibits were very informative. Price was fair for the tour. we spent about 2 hours in the museum.

Thank JimS628
Reviewed 3 September 2018 via mobile

Nice visit on Sunday before Labor Day. The entrance was free but people was only allowed to stay for 90 minutes. I enjoyed all the exhibits, especially "Origins". I highly recommend this museum for any age, there's a lot activities for kids. Worth visit this...More

1  Thank Jptravelswithfreedom
Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Two hours, three floors and tons of exhibits. Dinosaurs, old West, stagecoach, pottery, animals, and a gift shop for kids. Had a great time and made us proud. Highly recommend!!!

Thank Jeffrey L
Reviewed 17 August 2018

This museum was very cool. My grandson loved the Mesa old jail and the play area at the end.It was very informative and he loved all the puzzles. However, they are very worn and should be updated. We liked so much we became members!

1  Thank michelegut
Reviewed 8 August 2018

if you love museums you have got to go here alot about az and surrounding area . lots of native american artifacs

Thank Eric T
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

We needed to kill some time so we went here. It was a good informative museum. I’d say more for the 5-12 year old age. They have animated dinosaurs. A lot of hands on stuff and learning rooms. It took a couple hours to walk...More

Thank RebeccaBlasdel
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

This is a well thought out museum. You are constantly surprised by what is round the corner and the dinosaurs throughout would put dedicated dinosaur theme park to shame. Total cost young family 5 around $50 about right. Experts on hand to give informed insight...More

Thank Ltropical
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

Great history museum! I went to the museum with my 2 year old and we had a lovely time. He loved the Dinosaur Mountain and we spent quite a bit of time watching the animatronic dinosaurs and Flash Flood. The Explore area for kids was...More

Thank Brit702
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Ailish K
16 July 2018|
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Response from edelen06 | Reviewed this property |
We were there for about 2 hours, maybe a little less. I had a 10, 7, and 4 year old with me.
John S
9 January 2017|
Response from petee462 | Reviewed this property |
Hours of Operation Tues - Fri: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun: 1 - 5 p.m.
Sirina O
20 October 2015|
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Response from anna146 | Reviewed this property |
No, it is probably pyrite (a.k.a. fool's gold).