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Arizona Museum of Natural History
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Today 1:00 – 5:00 pm
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53 N Macdonald Mesa, AZ 85201
53 N MacdonaldUSAZMesa85201
Tourist Attraction, MuseumToday 1:00 – 5:00 pm
Monday ClosedTuesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmWednesday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmThursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmFriday 10:00 am – 5:00 pmSaturday 11:00 am – 5:00 pmSunday 1:00 – 5:00 pm

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. “Rulers of the Prehistoric Skies”, an exhibit about the first fliers, 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.

In the Southwest Gallery, you will see Paleo-Indian big game hunters and gatherers, the first inhabitants of North America, and the Desert Cultures that developed later. Visit a Hohokam village, with pithouses and above-ground structures, outfitted with real artifacts as they might have been from about A.D. 600-1450. See the magnificent Ancient Cultures of Mexico.

Have Fun with History, and explore the Spanish Southwest, Territorial Arizona, and Arizona’s historic 5 Cs in the History Courtyard. Discover many of the movies that have been filmed in Arizona, and be in a western movie yourself!

For more information, please check our website at  Find us on facebook  Follow us on Twitter @AzMNH
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Southwest life & art exhibits including dinosaur displays, a Hohokam village & gold panning.- Google
People talk about panning for gold, dinosaur bones, dinosaur mountain, exploration station and community links
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Abygayle Hopson
reviewed in the last week
Omg it is the most awesome museum ever I recommend it if u have children
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Kaycie Smith
reviewed 8 months ago
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.
Amanda Logan
reviewed a year ago
Very boring even for 10 years olds. Mostly pictures. Could have just googled everything they have here and saved the money.
Response from the owner - 3 weeks ago
We are very sorry that you didn't enjoy your visit. You mentioned "Mostly Pictures" in your review. We're wondering what pictures you are referring to. The museum showcases a wide variety of fossils, dinosaur fossils, pterosaur reconstructions, artifacts from the Hohokam people, and Mesoamerican cultures, geological specimens, and much more. We house a territorial jail, maintain a 3 story waterfall that simulates a flash flood, and have a wide variety of activities and hands-on fun for children. Pictures are the very least of what we offer. We're wondering if you might be mixing our museum up with maybe another one?
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skye wilson
reviewed 8 months ago
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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Jessica Whatcott
reviewed 6 months ago
Loved it here. Fun for people of all ages.
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Sapphire Anila
reviewed a year ago
I love that place for all different resons I can't tell them all!


Up next at the AzMNH... Roar and Snore with a Dinosaur, Overnight at the Museum! July 11th from 6pm until 9am on July 12th. Details here...
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Mesa Grande invites you to participate in a “HANDS-ON” archeological experience! Learn from real archaeologists about the amazing Hohokam people on a guided tour of this ancient platform mound. Try your hand at the ancient Hohokam ball game, and contribute to this amazing pre-historic site with hands-on restoration of the mound, and ball court! Pre-registration is required. Be sure to book early, as there are a limited number of spots available. Come prepared for some messy, muddy, fun! Price: $2 per person for members, $6 per person for non-members. For more information, go to Check our website at, or contact Alice Jung 480-644-3553 or by email

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What a fantastic event! Is this for all ages?
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This special event is designed specifically for home school children. It will feature a series of fun and factual activities, games and crafts centered around the life cycles, habitats, and eating habits of bugs! Check in time is 12:30pm  sharp! The cost is $6 per person for non-members and $2 per person for members.
For more information, or to register,  please call Alice Jung at 480-644-3553 Or email
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Join the AzMNH for the grand opening for the Mesa Grande Cultural Center! The opening will begin with a traditional O'Odham blessing of the site at 8:30am and a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new welcome center.

 A free pancake breakfast will be offered by the Mesa Grande Community Alliance, beginning at 9am until 10:30am. Following the breakfast, there will be entertainment, activities provided by the Southwest Archaeology Team, and guided tours.

The Mesa Grande Cultural Center is located at 1000 Date Street Mesa, AZ.
On March 8th, from 6pm to 9pm the AzMNH will be hosting a fun and science fact filled cocktail party for adults only. The cost is $10 per person, advance online purchase (at or $15 at the door. Admission price includes hors d'oeuvres, and your first wine, beer, or soft drink.

Have a question for a scientist? Get answers during "Speed Dating with Scientists". Did you get a Christmas gift that didn't quite fit the bill? Bring it! You can donate it to our "Re-gifting Silent Auction", and who knows, you may just see something that you'd like to bid on to replace it! Lots of fun, games, activities, and prizes will make this one exciting, science fact filled evening you won't want to miss!
For more information, please contact Alice Jung at 480-644-3553 or
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sleep overnight at a museum? Now's your chance to find out! On Friday night March 15th, at 6pm, AzMNH will host "Hitchhikers Guide to the AzMNH Galaxy", a space themed Overnight at the Museum event. Enjoy a variety of space related activities including a scavenger hunt, crafts, a space themed movie, snacks, AND you can even make your own robot!
The Overnight series is geared toward children ages 6 to 12, and one adult chaperone age 21+. Cost is $35 for members and $45 for non-members. For more information about the event or to register, please contact Alice Jung at 480-644-3553 or email