Asarco Mineral Discovery Center, Sahuarita

The Asarco Mineral Discovery Center shall communicate the vital importance of the mining industry in our civilization, educate students and teachers in the earth sciences, and preserve part of the mining history of Arizona, and the Western United States.

The Asarco Mineral Discovery Center offers mine tours, school programs, and free exhibits to carry out this vision.

The AMDC is supported primarily by gift shop and ticket sales with additional funding from ASARCO LLC.
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  • Coming from Minnesota I thought I knew about open pit mining but this mine is large! The tour takes you up to an outdoor viewing station that gives you a view of the mine from top to bottom and from....  more »
  • Went on Saturday and did a tour with Vida and Barbara! It was amazing, very informative and so much fun! we did the 3:30 tour and walked around until our tour, we could watch movies, shop in the gift....  more »
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  • Went on Saturday and did a tour with Vida and Barbara! It was amazing, very informative and so much fun! we did the 3:30 tour and walked around until our tour, we could watch movies, shop in the gift shop or enjoy beautiful nature. Vida was an AMAZING tour guide. A hidden gem here near the Tucson area! Cheap too! Great for ALL ages!
  • The grounds are nicely landscaped with mining equipment placed all around. The gift shop has a lot of neat items. However, the short elderly woman behind the counter was inexplicably rude to me. She was nice to the people ahead of me which made it strange. Then they required ID to use a credit/debit card. This is actually a violation of the merchant agreement. Disappointing that they cannot follow the rules and demanding ID does NOT reduce fraud. It was nice to take an air conditioned bus in the summer to see the pit and the mill. However, I know they use temp agencies to provide tour guides and drivers rather than pay knowledgeable people a decent wage/provide benefits. The info they provide is good, but don't expect the guides to be experts in the field like a docent at any other type of tourist area.

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