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Mesa Southwest Museum

53 North Macdonald Street
Mesa, AZ

Phone: 480-644-2230 - Tty: -

Statement of Purpose

The Mesa Southwest Museum organization strives for excellence in the research, collection, exhibition, interpretation and preservation of the cultural and natural history of the Southwest region for the education and service of the museum's public and academic audiences.

Highlights & Collections

Dinosaurs, dinosaurs and more dinosaurs! Our 3-story Dinosaur Mountain recreates the heyday of these fearsome creatures with three animatronic beasts that move and roar at visitors while a sudden desert flashflood--complete with thunder and lightning--rushes down the mountainside. Next, visitors can see more than 20 specimens of dinosaurs in Dinosaur Hall.

Southwestern dinosaurs, Southwestern Indian pottery and artifacts, Arizona Movie memorabilia, Mesa history artifacts, First Found in Arizona minerals, Native American basketry

Current Exhibits and Upcoming Special Events

Dinosaur Mountain, Dinosaur Hall, Ancient Peoples Gallery, Native American Gallery, Arizona Highways Magazine Gallery, Hall of Astronomy, Hall of Minerals, Triassic Forrest, Cretaceous Seas, Living Fossils Aquarium, Territorial Jail Cells, Jurassic Arizona, MesoAmerican Art, Arizona and the Movies, Lost Dutchman's Mine, History Courtyard

The Art of Model Railroading. Feb.-July, 2002. This exhibit will focus on the artistic elements, rather than the history, of one of the world's favorite hobbies. Model-making sub-themes within the exhibit will look at creating not only the rolling stock (locomotives and cars), but also the fabrication and creation of scale model buildings (original creations, commercial kits, and kit bashing or scratch building), scenery (mountains, streams, rivers, vegetation), dioramas, and full-size layouts.

Fore! The Planet. Aug.-Nov. 2002. This ecology-based exhibit is an 18-hole miniature golf course that teaches natural history throught the course of play. The overarching message is one of stewardship and conservation. The front nine holes illustrate the way nature works, and the back nine address human interaction with the environment.


Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m. Closed Monday and all City of Mesa holidays.

Admission & Directions:

Adults $6; Seniors (55+) and Students (w/ID) $5; Children 3-12 $3. Children 2 and younger free. Annual memberships available.

From Phoenix take the I-17 or I-10 to the U.S. 60 (also known as the Superstition Freeway). Travel east to the Country Club exit. Go north to 1st Street and then east for three blocks. The museum is located on the SE corner of Macdonald and 1st streets. There is a parking garage behind the building and convenient street parking surrounding it.

Key Personnel:

(Acting) Administrator: Jerry V. Catt
Curator of History: Keith Foster
Curator of Paleontology: Dr. Robert McCord
Curator of Anthropology: Jerry Howard
Curator of Education: Angelica Docog
Curator of Collections: Paula Liken

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