arizonamine tours & mining museums

Have you ever witnessed the grandeur of a modern operating mine site? If not, you’re in for a treat as Arizona boasts one of the few public mine tours of an operating mine in the country at the ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center & Mine Tours.

If you’re intrigued by the natural treasures and history of Arizona, you’ll be delighted to explore the vast collection of minerals and gems found in the state. Furthermore, you’ll be amazed to discover how crucial copper is to the state of Arizona and our society. Several mining museums throughout the state offer a captivating adventure to explore mining, our natural history past, and the possibilities for the future, making sightseeing a perfect educational and fun experience for all ages.

Arizona Mining History & Importance of Copper

Arizona Capitol Museum, Downtown Phoenix

History Mining Museums and Exhibits 

Northern Arizona (listed by location – north to south) 

Copper Art Museum, Clarkdale 

Gold King Mining Museum in Jerome 

Jerome Mine Museum, Jerome 

Cave Creek Museum, Cave Creek 

Desert Caballeros Western Museum in Wickenburg 

River of Time Museum, Fountain Hills 

Superstition Mountain Lost Dutchman Museum, Apache Junction 

Southern Arizona (listed by location – north to south)

ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center & Mine Tours – See information below

Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum in Miami 

Greenlee Historical Museum in Clifton 

Museum of Casa Grande, Casa Grande 

Arizona History Museum, Tucson 

Bisbee Mining and Historical Museum, Bisbee 

Castle Domes Mines Museum in Yuma 

Gem and Minerals and Natural History 

University of Arizona Alfie Norville Gem & Minerals Museum, Tucson 

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson 

Modern Mining Museum & Mine Tours

ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center & Mine ToursArizona's only public tour of an operating mine

Copper is at the source of our modern society. It’s a primary metal used in the hospitals where we were born, the electricity in our homes, the tools that farm our food, and the transportation that powers our next adventure.

Fun fact: Copper is also naturally found in us and helps make red blood cells and keeps immune systems healthy.

We invite you to take ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center’s free self-guided tour of the center’s indoor and outdoor exhibits, which walks through the copper transformation process. Then join the mine tour for a firsthand look! Afterward, peruse the Company Store for unique and educational gifts.

Mine Tour Schedule
  • Year-round: Wednesday through Sunday. Tour schedule is subject to change.
  • Please call in advance to reserve (520) 625-8233
  • Closed-toed shoes (tennis shoes, boots, etc.) are required for the mine tour. No Crocs, flip flops or sandals will be allowed.
  • Call to reserve a tour time
  • ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center & Mine Tours is 12 miles south of Tucson on Interstate 19 at Pima Mine Road (Exit 80).
    1421 W. Pima Mine Road, Sahuarita, AZ 85629.
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Freeport-McMoRan Morenci Minemine overlook

Located in eastern Arizona about an hour drive northeast of Safford on the scenic Coronado Trail, this site provides a spectacular view of Arizona’s largest mining operation.

  • The overlook is about five miles north of the town of Morenci on Highway 191.
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ASARCO Ray Minemine overlook

Approximately 85 miles east of Phoenix is the ASARCO-owned Ray mine, and a major Arizona copper producer. Mining operations and equipment may be viewed from the road.

  • The operation is visible from approximately 12 miles south of Superior on Highway 177.
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