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Asarco Mineral Discovery Center

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Address: 1421 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, AZ 85629
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+1 520-625-7513

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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Worth the visit...educational

Really enjoyed this tour. The tour guide was thorough. The mining and processing of copper is amazing not to mention our dependence on it. It is a definite stop on your visit to... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Rich and Donna P
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Really enjoyed this tour. The tour guide was thorough. The mining and processing of copper is amazing not to mention our dependence on it. It is a definite stop on your visit to the southwest.

1 Thank Rich and Donna P
Green Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting to see how a mine operates. Tour guides know their stuff. Getting a piece of rock with some copper in it was a nice treat and souvenir to take home.

1 Thank Frank S
Fairfield, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lonnng wait, but fun environment. One steak had to go back, but food was seasoned just right and generous. All the staff is trained wonderfully, but especially our server, Chris. So friendly and accommodating. And David was a great help in celebrating a birthday with the usual Roadhouse fanfare. Fun family place! We always stop at Roadhouse when we travel!

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Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We found this place quite interesting. You get a tour in a van into the operating Mission Copper pit mine. Tour guide was informative. You get a sense of the scale of open pit mines and their challenges in balancing economic needs and environmental concerns. You get to view the pit as well as the production area were the rocks... More 

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Versailles, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Discovery Center is great place to spend a morning if your have any interest in minerals. While primarily focused on copper, other minerals are featured as well. There are educational films dealing with the relationship of minerals and our lifestyle that are well worth viewing. They have a marvelous bus tour of the working copper mine, and great display... More 

1 Thank George H
Greenfield, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was a good tour and I learned a lot about the process involved in mining and extracting copper. The guide presented the facts well. I thought it was helpful in understanding that we were actually able to see what they do there and the process after it leaves the mine.

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Burlington, Vermont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband being an engineer, we visited this site; however I found it very interesting & it gave me much information to think about as the nation struggles with mining issues.we were taken through the whole process of the mining industry in this area & saw much of it happening before our eyes. The guide was very open to controversial... More 

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

Stopped here after the Titan Missile Museum as we were intrigued by the open pit mining concept. Bus tour brought you up close & personal to the inner workings of active copper mining & was fascinating watching it all unfold way down in the pit mine for you to see & experience. Our guide Dana was a bit flakey and... More 

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Cambridge, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

To really understand what an open pit mine is you need to visit one. There are a lot of debates as to the wisdom of open pit mining. The shear size of such an operation should be seen. Only then can you grasp how much of the earths surface has been dug up and crushed to fine the minerals we... More 

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Passed this on the way to the Titan Missile museum and saw the parking lot pretty filled. We decided to give it a try and glad we did! Great tour, great education center, nice paths to walk around to see old/new mining equipment, and large gift shop with lots of fun and beautiful items.

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