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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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+1 520-625-7513

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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Open pit mine tour

To really understand what an open pit mine is you need to visit one. There are a lot of debates as to the wisdom of open pit mining. The shear size of such an operation should be... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Cambridge, Ontario

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped here after the Titan Missile Museum as we were intrigued by the open pit mining concept. Bus tour brought you up close & personal to the inner workings of active copper mining & was fascinating watching it all unfold way down in the pit mine for you to see & experience. Our guide Dana was a bit flakey and... More 

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Cambridge, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

To really understand what an open pit mine is you need to visit one. There are a lot of debates as to the wisdom of open pit mining. The shear size of such an operation should be seen. Only then can you grasp how much of the earths surface has been dug up and crushed to fine the minerals we... More 

1 Thank mamamoose
Apache Junction, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Passed this on the way to the Titan Missile museum and saw the parking lot pretty filled. We decided to give it a try and glad we did! Great tour, great education center, nice paths to walk around to see old/new mining equipment, and large gift shop with lots of fun and beautiful items.

1 Thank BuddysArmy
Sahuarita, Arizona
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Learn about strip mining. See an open pit mine. Learn about different types of minerals and ore. Tour operated by knowledgeable guides.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

We visited this mine in the middle of the day, in the middle of the week. The tour was about and hour and a half long. We boarded a little tour bus and drive into the open pit mine to view it from a high point viewing area, and then visited one of the crushing factories to see part of... More 

4 Thank lauragatz
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Pleasant location. Nice gift shop with unique selection of items. Informative and interesting display of local mining operations.

1 Thank William P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Asarco has established an interesting tour of its vast mine and processing plant in Arizona. A bus drive through to the open-pit mine site - with a good photo-opportunity to see the big equipment in action is followed by a visit into the crushing and processing plant to see processing equipment in action. The product from the plant is then... More 

1 Thank SnowbirdOntario
Truth or Consequences, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

stopped here on our way home and found it to be very interesting.. had a lot of info about mining and the history of mining in az... didn't take the mine tour, short on time but will do that next trip. had a lot of neat info on the minig and processing of ore, and i am always amazed how... More 

1 Thank george s
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

So informative and very educational. My cell my husband and my kids both thoroughly enjoyed touring. Very cute gift shop

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Kilgore, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

We randomly drove by this mine on our way to the Titan Missile Museum. With a little time available to us on our way back to Tucson, we decided to stop and check it out even though there were no tours on weekdays in the summertime. We were glad we stopped because the exhibits and machines are interesting and impressive!... More 

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