Founded in 1977, the Arizona Museum of Natural History, is a natural history museum in Mesa, Arizona. The main museum complex is currently about 74,000 square feet, of which about 46,000 square feet are dedicated to exhibitions containing a collection of about 60,000 objects of natural history, anthropology, history and art, with approximately 10,000 historic photographs.
The museum contains several exhibitions. You can explore Arizona and the Southwest from the creation of the earth 4.5 billion years ago to the present in Arizona Through Time. You see the origins of life on earth, meteorites and minerals in Origins.
In Dinosaur Hall, you can discover dinosaur skeleton fossils and some of the biggest life-size animatronic dinosaurs that ever lived, and on Dinosaur Mountain you will see how some appeared and sounded in a natural context. That life size pterosaur fossil is really eye-catching. In a Walk through Time, you can explore ancient Arizona’s Paleozoic Seas, Triassic Petrified Forest, monsters of the Cretaceous Seas, and the first animals to fly, as well as Mammuthus skeleton.
In Mesoamerica and Southwest America Gallery, you will see Paleo-indian big game hunters and gatherers, the first inhabitants of North America, and the Desert Cultures that developed later. And you will see the magnificent Ancient Cultures of Mexico. In Fun with Arizona History, you can explore the Spanish Southwest, Territorial Arizona, and Arizona’s historic 5 Cs in the History Courtyard.
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. For more information, please check the museum’s website at http://arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.org/.