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2631 N Johnson Rd, Benson, AZ 85602
+1 520-586-2581
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  • Excellent17%
  • Very good32%
  • Average30%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible17%
Travellers talk about
“souvenirs” (6 reviews)
“museum” (3 reviews)
“billboard” (3 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 20:00All hours
Fast food, American
2631 N Johnson Rd, Benson, AZ 85602
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter did the tour by herself this time and could not stop talking about it for 2 hours. Thank you Mr. Hope, please keep the tour going, it is part of history.

Thank averyfamily3
Reviewed 4 March 2017 via mobile

There are reportedly 247 billboards between El Paso and Tucson that peak your interest about what "The Thing" is ... ... keep in mind people, this is a roadside attraction from the 50's. Or should I say leftover from the 50's. So if you have...More

Thank WMRoadtripper
Reviewed 22 February 2017

If you enter with a fun-loving attitude, then it's kind of cool. Right off of the freeway. Stop for gas, the Dairy Queen inside, and pay the 75 cents or so to walk through the exhibit that is The Thing!

Thank jeremyw561
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Chicken strips were cold/not fresh. Prices are way too expensive for a quick stop. Husband had to have everything remade. 25.00 for 3 people is nuts for fast food. Keep going either direction for better food.

Thank brendablades
Reviewed 26 August 2016

This review is about the Dairy Queen which is the only place to eat while at The Thing. They have a limited menu and it seems like most of the food is already prepared and all they do is to microwave it warm. I can’t...More

Thank henryonatrip
Reviewed 9 June 2016

This is a nice pit stop if you are on a long drive. They have good snacks and fast food, gas, and souvenirs. As a kid we always wanted to find out what The Thing was.

2  Thank Kj W
Reviewed 29 May 2015

This place is disgusting. They charge money to see a deceased mother and baby. What is to gain by doing such a disgusting thing.

1  Thank Grace J
Reviewed 22 April 2015

I've wanted to see this since I was a child travelling on I-10 in the 60's...the trip was boring, but the billboards about the Thing kept us entertained. I took my teenage son and we really enjoyed the museum, and seeing the Thing...it's only one...More

3  Thank Happy T
Reviewed 9 April 2015

It MIGHT be an extremely valuable treasure, a mummy recovered from high in the Andes of South America. More likely a paper and glue facsimile thereof. Regardless, do not miss for two dollars. And get a few bumper stickers to show you've been. the signs...More

3  Thank BRIAN c
Reviewed 25 January 2015

Crappy dusty souvenirs, lots of plastic indian dolls, dirty bathrooms. DQ server was rude - she did not want to be at work that day, poor thing. An ugly nasty truckstop.

1  Thank youngarmywife
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Restaurant Details

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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Seating
Open Hours
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2631 N Johnson Rd, Benson, AZ 85602
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Benson
  • Phone Number: +1 520-586-2581
  • E-mail
It is 17 miles east of Benson and about 40 miles east of Tucson on Interstate 10 (Exit 322). Look around the spacious gift shop and purchase a few gifts, a couple of pieces of Indian Handmade or gold jewelry, some pottery, or one of the many other items available at this location. Do your shopping before you tour the museum and look for The Thing. Because afterwards you will probably want to compose yourself and just sit awhile sipping a cold soda or try to calm your nerves by scarfing up an Ultimate Burger or shoveling down a cold DQ Blizzard at the Dairy Queen located right next door. This location also offers self-serve Shell fuel with 24 hr. Pay at the pump service.
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