Posted By Visit Mesa Team
July 14, 2021
#MuseumMonday - Arizona Museum of Natural History
Go back in time and experience life in the dinosaur and Aztec ages when you visit the Arizona Museum of Natural History!
Nestled in the heart of downtown Mesa, this is the premier natural history museum of Arizona. Whether you're a dino lover or a history explorer, there is so much to learn when you take a step back in time! So take a selfie with a T-Rex, pan for gold and take a stroll through a mock village of our ancestral Sonoran Desert people when you visit the Arizona Museum of Natural History!
Cenozoic Lobby: As you enter the museum, you will notice a collection of animals dating from the Pliocene-Pleistocene Epochs, approximately 3 million years to 10,000 years ago!
Dinosaur Hall: filled with examples of magnificent creatures from throughout history like Theropods, Sauropods, Ceratopsians and more! Hear and see the great dinosaurs of the Mesozoic Era come to life on Dinosaur Mountain!
Arizona Through Time: Take a walk through time at the Arizona Museum of Natural History. From the origins of the universe, the formation of rocks and minerals, to the origins of life, explore Paleozoic Seas, Mammal-like Reptiles, Triassic Petrified Forests and Wetlands, Cretaceous Seas, and First Flight!
Origins: Voyage through the timeline of the cosmos and discover major events in the history of planet Earth.
Native Cultures of Western North America: This exhibit explores the lifeways of dozens of Native American peoples from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean, from Alaska to Mexico. Their stories are told through objects of material culture and works of art.
Athapascan Way: Learn more about the Navajo and Apache as they entered the Southwest from northwestern North America perhaps as early as A.D. 1400.
and much more!
The Museum is a Certified Autism Center
The Arizona Museum of Natural History is one of many attractions in Mesa that is an Autism Certified Center, meaning that the staff underwent training through IBCCES (International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards) to better accommodate those in the ASD community. IBCCES is setting the standard for autism (and other cognitive disorders) certifications as the only known organization focused on the hospitality/travel industry. Their key insights, paired with their Autism Travel nationwide presence, help Mesa businesses better understand the ASD community and their growing need for an autism-certified destination. Certification is achieved when at least 80% of guest-facing staff is trained and certified in the field of autism.
Throughout the Museum, you will notice sensory guides posted on the walls. The guides will let guests know how high or low the sensory stimulation is to each sense in the exhibit they are entering. Headphones and sensitivity glasses will also be available at the visitors service desk upon entrance.
Learn more about the Arizona Museum of Natural History