We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Asarco Mineral Discovery Center

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 1421 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, AZ 85629-8360
Phone Number:
+1 520-625-7513
Website
Description:

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 112 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 69
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Educational and fun!

We visited and took the tour of this immense copper mining operation. It is a bus tour around the mine and a stop inside the mine mill. Hard to compute the size of everything... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Dierdre A
via mobile

Similar Things to Do in Sahuarita

Add Photo Write a Review

112 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 112: English reviews
Level Contributor
31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited and took the tour of this immense copper mining operation. It is a bus tour around the mine and a stop inside the mine mill. Hard to compute the size of everything involved from trucks, tires, scoops and actual area of the operation. We toured with a group of grade four/ five students and our guide was very... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Dierdre A
Whitewater, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
149 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was so interesting! We learned a lot about open pit mining. It is amazing all the safe guards and precautions they take to protect the environment. Loved seeing the wild horses! (Really!)

Helpful?
1 Thank JustLinky
Sahuarita, Arizona
Level Contributor
12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

This is a very interesting tour. The museum is very interesting with a gift shop attached. The tour is easy enough and a bus takes you through most of the mine and pits. It gives a great overview of all the copper uses and how they mine it and prepare it for market.

Helpful?
1 Thank Cheryl K
Overland Park, Kansas
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 April 2017

We booked a private tour of the Asarco Copper mine for a group of 40 convention attendees at a local hotel. The tour was exciting and interesting, especially for a group of people in the Copper industry! I believe it would be a fun and educational experience for any group! Our tour guides, Bill and Debbie, were knowledgeable about the... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Mollie4CBSA
Sahuarita, Arizona
Level Contributor
12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 April 2017

I found that the tour was very informational. Hard to believe it all started with just one truck load. Have been there twice and learned more each time. Great place to take friends & family when you want to show them about the history of copper mining in AZ.

Helpful?
1 Thank Gerald G
Vail, Arizona
Level Contributor
70 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

I took the mine tour with my son. It was very informative on how the mine is run and how minerals are taken out of the ground. We went on the bus tour of the mine. The tour included going into the mineral processing building and an overlook of the mine. It is really amazing how big the mine is... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Carl G
Level Contributor
257 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

We took out of state friends there to see a copper mine and their operation. Seniors are $7 and I believe adults are at $9. Well worth the money! They have a wonderful gift shop with some good quality stuff. My wife doesn't mind waiting for our tour in THAT gift shop. The tours run at 9:30, 11, 12:30, 2... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Bill G
Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2017

This was a fascinating look at the world of mining, from the enormous size of the pit to the even bigger size of the trucks... it was all interesting. One point get a Tucson coupon book, and book ahead.

Helpful?
2 Thank 100Margie51
Grandville
Level Contributor
37 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017

This was a very interesting and educational visit! There is a video theater, cactus garden, and a exhibit center. Standing at the edge of the open pit mine while on our bus tour of the mine, was an amazing site and very educational.

Helpful?
2 Thank 4grandkids
Long Beach, California
Level Contributor
14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017

I have such mixed emotions giving this huge pit mining operation a terrific review, but if you live in this world you need and use copper. We learned so much about how copper is mined and refined from the visitors' center and from our tour guide, Dana. She was a joy to spend the hour with! She has such a... More 

Helpful?
2 Thank candy j

Travellers who viewed Asarco Mineral Discovery Center also viewed

 

Been to Asarco Mineral Discovery Center? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Asarco Mineral Discovery Center and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Asarco Mineral Discovery Center staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?