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Arizona Museum of Natural History

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Nestled in the heart of downtown Mesa, this is the premier natural history museum of Arizona. A “must see” for dinosaur lovers, the main attraction is Dinosaur Mountain, with animatronic dinosaurs, a 3-story indoor waterfall and flash flood that happens every 30 minutes. Take a tour through time and have a selfie with a T.rex. If dinosaurs are not your interest then pan for gold, take a stroll through a mock village of our ancestral Sonoran Desert people, or discover civilizations further afield like the Maya or Aztec.

Current Exhibits:
ARIZONA: 75,000,000 BC
is an ambitious new exhibition that will walk you through ancient southern Arizona and northern Sonora 75 million years ago; Featuring volcanos, and dinosaurs. Learn how shifting tectonic plates created a violent, ever-changing landscape which we see only pieces of today. From calderas forming, to eruptions that covered the whole southwest in ash, learn how these massive mountains shaped the economy of our state. Discover how dinosaurs once walked the same land we do today and how this ancient world contained not just dinosaurs, but abundant life that scurried at their feet.

Ologies!: The Science of Anthropology and Paleontology (beginning July 1, 2021) This exhibit is entirely bilingual, in both English and Spanish. Visitors will learn more about the anthropology and paleontology research departments at the museum, as they get a behind the scenes look at museum work. The exhibit covers objects in the museum’s collection, focusing on how they become part of that collection and how these objects help scientists study the past

Admission:
$13 – 13 years +
$7 - Children 3-12
Free - Children 2 and under

Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm & Sat Noon-5pm; Closed on Mondays

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