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Welcome to the only Natural History Museum in the Phoenix area! Now you can take a tour of the AzMNH right from your own computer with our brand new Google 360 tour! Click on the photo below and follow the arrows. You can navigate from the first to the second floor by clicking on the 1-2 buttons on the right hand side of the photo.



 (Video courtesy of: Boyd Harrington Cinematography)

The Arizona Museum of Natural History (AZMNH) is the premier natural history museum in Arizona. It is dedicated to inspire wonder, respect and understanding for the natural and cultural history of the Southwest.

The Museum is a place for family fun. Where else can you see a flash flood cascading down a three-story mountain inside a museum? See Tom the soft-shelled turtle and a live Gila monster. Experience a real territorial jail, pan for gold in the History Courtyard, and wend your way through the Lost Dutchman’s Mine. Check out the new special exhibitions and experience hands-on adventure for all ages in the Exploration Station. Bring a friend or family member of any age to the museum: there is always something new to discover.

AZMNH is renowned for its field research programs and provides the public with opportunities to work on archaeological and paleontological digs. Come join us on one of our exciting scientific expeditions and contribute to these fascinating fields of science.

The Southwest Archaeology Team (SWAT), sponsored by Curator of Anthropology Dr. Jerry Howard, conducts archaeological research and undertakes historic preservation initiatives such as at the Sirrine House. In addition to excavations such as at Riverview, Park of the Canals, Pew Site and Rowley Site, AzMNH cares for and has plans to develop Mesa Grande, an ancient Hohokam temple mound site in Mesa, as a cultural park open to the public.

Dr. Robert McCord, Curator of Natural History, assisted by the Southwest Paleontology Society (SPS), conducts paleontological research throughout Arizona. Research expeditions have explored the Cretaceous in southeastern Arizona and Sonora, and Pliocene and Pleistocene deposits in the Phoenix area and eastern portions of the state. These expeditions have yielded theropod and sauropod dinosaurs, ceratopsians, hadrosaurs and many other kinds of Mesozoic animals, and glyptotheres, rhyncotheres, camels, horses, mammoth, turtles and other members of the later Cenozoic faunas.

Some facts about the Arizona Museum of Natural History

  • Owned and operated by the City of Mesa
  • Founded 1977
  • Over 1 million visitors since 2000
  • 60,000 objects of natural history, anthropology, history & art
  • 10,000 historic photographs
  • Cares for Sirrine House, 1896 home of Joel Sirrine on Center Street
  • Preserves and interprets Mesa Grande, one of the last surviving Hohokam platform mounds in Arizona Mesa Grande and Sirrine House listed on the National Register of Historic Places
  • Thousands of students from hundreds of schools throughout Arizona visit the museum each year
  • Core of the museum is a 1937 WPA era building that originally housed Mesa City Hall, municipal courts, city library, police and fire departments
  • Expansions in 1983, 1987 and 2000 bring the museum to 80,000 square feet
  • Research Facility at northwest corner of Macdonald and Pepper added in 1995