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Asarco Mineral Discovery Center

1421 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, AZ 85629-8360
+1 520-625-7513
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Educational and fun!

We visited and took the tour of this immense copper mining operation. It is a bus tour around the... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2017
Dierdre A
via mobile
Not to be missed!

This was so interesting! We learned a lot about open pit mining. It is amazing all the safe guards... read more

Reviewed 23 April 2017
Whitewater, Wisconsin
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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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1421 West Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, AZ 85629-8360
+1 520-625-7513

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Reviewed 4 May 2017 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....More

1  Thank Dierdre A
Reviewed 23 April 2017

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!)

1  Thank JustLinky
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...More

1  Thank Cheryl K
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...More

1  Thank Mollie4CBSA
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...More

1  Thank Gerald G
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...More

1  Thank Carl G
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...More

1  Thank Bill G
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.

2  Thank 100Margie51
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.

2  Thank 4grandkids
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...More

2  Thank candy j
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I would like to take a tour, but have limits if there is a lot of walking involved. Can you provide some additional information.
28 February 2017|
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Response from Rich and Donna P | Reviewed this property |
The tour is done quite well with minimal walking. A bus takes you to the mine overlook which involves very little walking indeed. Maybe a few yards at best. Next you stop at the processing plant. They have provided a nice... More