Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum

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Note: Unfortunately, the AZ Mining and Mineral Museum was closed in 2011.

For a inexpensive cultural date, vist the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum in downtown Phoenix.

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Cut gem at Arizona Mining and Mineral MuseumRock sample at Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum

The museum is small, and even a little shabby, but it is interesting.  Most of the exhibits are displays of minerals, but there are also fossils, massive pieces of mining equipment, and a small room dedicated to the history of mining in Arizona. 

Display case at the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum

Browsing the huge mineral, rock, and gem collection was the most interesting part of the museum.  There were hundreds of beautiful samples.   If your timing is right, you can watch lab workers  test and polish mineral samples.

Crystal display at Arizona Mining and Mineral MuseumTurquiose display at the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum

Fossil at AZ Mining and Mineral MuseumWhite mineral on displat at the Arizona Mining and Mineral MuseumYou should be able to tour the museum in an hour or two, so plan another activity or a meal if you want to fill an afternoon. Tickets are only $2 each and parking is free.  If you are museum buffs, walk down and tour the Arizona Capital Museum in the same date.  It is just a few blocks west of the Mining and Mineral Museum.

 

Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum
1502 West Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007
www.arizonahistoricalsociety.org/museum

A meal made of rocks

A meal made of rock!

Free rocks at the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum

You even get free souvenirs!

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