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Asarco Mineral Discovery Center

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Address: 1421 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, AZ 85629
Phone Number: +1 520-625-7513
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Opened in February of 1997, the Asarco Mineral Discovery Center (AMDC) is...

Opened in February of 1997, the Asarco Mineral Discovery Center (AMDC) is designed to convey the vital importance of mining in our civilization. Everything that we use everyday was somehow extracted from the earth — either by farming or by mining, and “if it can’t be grown, it has to be mined.”Located 20-minutes south of Tucson, AMDC has an exhibit center, theater and gift shop. For a nominal fee, tours are conducted of Asarco's Mission Mine; an active open-pit copper mine. Tour schedule is subject to change, reservations are recommended.

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Learn about strip mining. See an open pit mine. Learn about different types of minerals and ore. Tour operated by knowledgeable guides.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Sahuarita, Arizona

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Sahuarita, Arizona
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Learn about strip mining. See an open pit mine. Learn about different types of minerals and ore. Tour operated by knowledgeable guides.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited this mine in the middle of the day, in the middle of the week. The tour was about and hour and a half long. We boarded a little tour bus and drive into the open pit mine to view it from a high point viewing area, and then visited one of the crushing factories to see part of... More 

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1 Thank lauragatz
Tucson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Pleasant location. Nice gift shop with unique selection of items. Informative and interesting display of local mining operations.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Asarco has established an interesting tour of its vast mine and processing plant in Arizona. A bus drive through to the open-pit mine site - with a good photo-opportunity to see the big equipment in action is followed by a visit into the crushing and processing plant to see processing equipment in action. The product from the plant is then... More 

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1 Thank SnowbirdOntario
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

stopped here on our way home and found it to be very interesting.. had a lot of info about mining and the history of mining in az... didn't take the mine tour, short on time but will do that next trip. had a lot of neat info on the minig and processing of ore, and i am always amazed how... More 

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1 Thank george s
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

So informative and very educational. My cell my husband and my kids both thoroughly enjoyed touring. Very cute gift shop

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Kilgore, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We randomly drove by this mine on our way to the Titan Missile Museum. With a little time available to us on our way back to Tucson, we decided to stop and check it out even though there were no tours on weekdays in the summertime. We were glad we stopped because the exhibits and machines are interesting and impressive!... More 

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Tulalip
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016

My family has taken the mine tour and some of us just stayed at the center and enjoyed the film they show of the mining process. Someone is there to answer questions and name the various rocks displayed.

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1 Thank Roxine B
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

I'm very interested in mining being a native Arizonan & fourth-generation Arizonan. Copper is one of the C's that built Arizona the others being Cattle & Cotton, My wife & I & another couple were visiting Tucson & because of my interest in Mining I talked them into going on the ASARCO "MINE TOUR", even though it was a 45... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

Whenever we have visitors to Arizona, the Asarco Mineral Discovery Center is a MUST SEE. The tour is exceptionally interesting and well organized. There is a very nice gift shop, with reasonable prices.

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