Tucson Sights

ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center

  • 1421 W. Pima Mine Rd. Map It

Published 11/18/2015

Fodor's Review

This mining operations center elucidates the importance of mining to everyday life. Exhibits include a walk-through model of an ore crusher, video stations that explain refining processes, and a film about how minerals are actually extracted. The big draw, though, is the yawning open pit of the Mission Mine, some 2 miles long and 1¾ miles wide because so much earth has to be torn up to extract the 1% that is copper. It's impressive, but doesn't bolster the case the center tries to make about how environmentally conscious mining has become. Tours of the pit take a little over an hour; the last one starts at 3:30. In summer, pit mine tours are only offered on Saturday.

Sight Information


1421 W. Pima Mine Rd., , Arizona, 85614, USA

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Sight Details:

  • $9
  • Tues.–Sat. 9–5

Published 11/18/2015


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