Rock hounds and mining enthusiasts will be thrilled at the variety of exhibits right here in downtown Phoenix. This museum ... More
Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
Rock hounds and mining enthusiasts will be thrilled at the variety of exhibits right here in downtown Phoenix. This museum houses uncounted fossils and mineral samples, collected over many years. Exhibits include meteorites, turquoise ore, 'moon rocks', psuedo fossils, as well as raw ore samples. Rose Mofford's personal collection of Arizona memorabilia is also on exhibit. Visit the gift shop for pieces of interest. Admission and parking on both sides of 15th Avenue is free.
went there due to a posting about how a family went in august of 2011 so today 11/29/2011 I went there and its completely empty and the exterior is being torn down and sent up to Bisbee AZ so do not go or you will waste your time
We took my elderly parents to check this out - because it was just too hot to do anything else. We can't wait to go back. There were so many amazing samples you just can't see them all in one trip. Granted my husband and I are nerds...but the parents liked it too!
Me, my husband, and our 3 boys went here for a field trip because we homeschool. It was worth the money because children under 17 are free and adults are only $2 each, but they have Senior Citizens working there and the man was very nasty to me and my boys. There are 2 floors, for whatever reason the top floor was off limits to students, and I was envolved in an assignment related to the musuem and didn't see a sign saying no students allowed upstairs. The older man started screaming at us to get down. He ruined the whole experience for my family and we left immeditately, due to the fact that when I tried to apologize about the mistake he stared me down and wouldn't accept it. I could have made a report, but found out that the employees are volunteers. I didn't complain because they porbably couldn't even find a replacement to work there considering you don't get paid.
I love it!they have a lapidary in back, if you don't know what it is-bring it in!they'll tell you! they offer all kinds of classes, and I've personally "donated" way too much money to their gift shop,and will again and again...
When I was younger we went camping with my grandparents and went geode hunting. Ever since then my sister's and I have always collected rocks, and now our kids do to. Since my sisters were coming to visit, I thought that this would be a good place to visit.
We all really loved it. There are lots of great rocks to see and the kids had a ball. There were kids between the ages of 7 and
2 1/2 years and they all had a great time. In the summer there is a reading time on tues and thurs. Plus you can't beat the price. Kids are free and adults are only 2 dollars. We will be going back there a lot.
This place looks a bit strange on the outside but it was great on the inside. Lotsa school kids running around having fun. If you like geology you'll love this place. At the end you get to dig for your own free rocks. Even is they are small it's fun to search for them! Don't miss the flourecent display!
What an incredible museum! And it's only $2.00 for an adult but kids are free. Parking is free. Fulgurites are when lightning hits sand and fuses it into glass. Arizona meteorite piece. Turquoise. Gold. Silver. All kinds of super copper minerals. Hands on rocks for kids. Black Light Room. 4 pieces of rock from the moon. How to make mineral spheres. Uses of rocks and minerals. Rock carvings. Uses of rocks and minerals in today's society. Really nice people who answer all your questions, identify rocks, and are totally pleasant.Don't go in the morning during the school year: they see 20,000 kids a year for free programs. Afternoons are the best time.
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