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Asarco Mineral Discovery Center

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Address: 1421 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, AZ 85629-8360
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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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Very interesting and informative, plus a great gift shop

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 

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Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed hearing a description and seeing how the ore is made into the final product. Massive operation!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our docent guide was new at this location but did a fine job of explaining how the overall mining operation works. The pit here is huge, 2 miles across and more than 2 miles long. Copper mining is big business in Arizona and we thought it important to better understand the process. A highly recommended tour.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 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.

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Green Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

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.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2017 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

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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