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Arizona is more than the Grand Canyon state, it is a place to embrace and call home. From our famous palm trees to our beautiful pine trees, Arizona's landscape is brimming with nature's grandeur and diversity. Our majestic mountains invite you to climb, our valleys coax you to explore and our plains whisper stories of civilizations past. Saddle up to history-rich towns, breathtaking views and world-class fashion and food.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Arizona is the top state for mining non fuel minerals. In honor of this, the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum in Phoenix, Arizona was opened. The mining industry helped to build the State of Arizona. The year was 1884 when Arizona had the first fair. The mineral area was the best exhibit at the fair. This display marked the beginning of the Arizona Mining and Mineral Museum.

Since that first fair the collection has been increasing.

The museum hosts more than twenty thousand school children plus the more than eighteen thousand regular visitors to the site. The museum is popular with rock hounds and mineral collectors throughout the world.  This museum houses uncounted fossils and mineral samples, collected over many years. Exhibits include meteorites, turquoise ore, 'moon rocks', psuedo fossils, as well as raw ore samples. Rose Mofford's personal collection of Arizona memorabilia is also on exhibit.

They are located at 1502 W. Washington, Phoenix, Arizona. The museum is only a mile west of the downtown area. The museum is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.  It is closed on Sundays. They are closed for the following holidays: New Years Day, Martin Luther King, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Admission is two dollars for adults and children less than seventeen are free.

The free parking is located to the north of the DMMR. The entrance to the building is on the south side on Washington. There are other lots at the capitol area where visitors can also park. The museum is two blocks from the State Capitol going east.

There is a Gift Shop located at the museum. Some of the items for purchase are mineral specimens. Many of the minerals are specific to Arizona. The Gift Shop offers special pricing to students. The shop also has jewelry, bookends made from rocks, prospecting tools, and books on minerals, geology and mining. The museum can also let visitors know where they can go gold panning, rock hounding or take a mine tour.

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