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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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Great place to learn about copper mining

The Discovery Center is great place to spend a morning if your have any interest in minerals. While primarily focused on copper, other minerals are featured as well. There are... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 January 2017
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Versailles, Illinois

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Versailles, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

The Discovery Center is great place to spend a morning if your have any interest in minerals. While primarily focused on copper, other minerals are featured as well. There are educational films dealing with the relationship of minerals and our lifestyle that are well worth viewing. They have a marvelous bus tour of the working copper mine, and great display... More 

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Greenfield, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2017

It was a good tour and I learned a lot about the process involved in mining and extracting copper. The guide presented the facts well. I thought it was helpful in understanding that we were actually able to see what they do there and the process after it leaves the mine.

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Burlington, Vermont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

My husband being an engineer, we visited this site; however I found it very interesting & it gave me much information to think about as the nation struggles with mining issues.we were taken through the whole process of the mining industry in this area & saw much of it happening before our eyes. The guide was very open to controversial... More 

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Plymouth, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

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 

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Apache Junction, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

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.

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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 15 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 

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Tucson
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

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

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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 

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