Natural History Museum

Watch out when walking in downtown Mesa or you might just run into a dinosaur!

Located on Macdonald near Main Street is the Arizona Museum of Natural History.

Riders can find dinosaur tracks near the Center and Main St. light rail station that will lead them straight to the museum’s door and it’s only a few minute walk from several Valley Metro bus stops.

You can’t miss the building with a giant dino bursting out one of the museum’s walls. But not a real dinosaur, of course.

The museum includes exhibits about these prehistoric giants that once roamed the earth surrounded by ancient cultures that lived in the Valley, as well as Arizona’s role in the history of film.
Visitors can also dig for fossils in the museum’s Paelo Dig Pit and view the bones of dinosaurs and prehistoric animals like the wooly mammoth.

Curator of Education Alison Stoltman says the museum has seen an increase in visitors since the light rail began operating in downtown Mesa in 2015 and that students groups utilize the light rail for their field trips.

The history museum hosts specially themed days when simultaneous events may occur, so taking the light rail is a great way to get around any possible road closures or restricted parking according to Stoltman.

For more information on the Arizona Museum of Natural History including hours and pricing visit The price to ride light rail is just $4 for a regular 1-Day pass and children five and under ride for free.