Mesa Southwest Museum offers a new dinosaur mystery for your kids!

October 28th, 2009 12:42am
Check out the newest exhibit to arrive at the Mesa Southwest Museum: Therizonasaurs!

Check out the newest exhibit to arrive at the Mesa Southwest Museum: Therizonasaurs!

When was the last time you visited the Mesa Southwest Museum with your kids? Never been? Well it’s time to revisit! They have recently unveiled a new exhibit entitled “Therizinosaur: Mystery of the Sickle-Claw Dinosaur” and if your kids have any interest in dinosaurs, they’re going to love this! Brilliant, life-sized reconstructions of these misunderstood theropods and easy to follow information plaques, interactive models and televised interviews posted throughout the exhibit will really bring these prehistoric monsters to life for your kids. As amazing as this new exhibit is though, it is not the only reason to visit the Southwest Museum.

For those of you who have not yet experienced this museum, let me run down just a few of the things your kids will enjoy!…

  • Panning for gold just outside of the Lost Dutchman's mine is a favorite for my kids!

    Panning for gold just outside of the Lost Dutchman's mine is a favorite for my kids!

    Revisit the legend of the Lost Dutchman as your kids travel through a make-shift mine shaft littered with tools of the trade and even get a chance to try their luck at panning for gold in the outdoor courtyard at the end of the mine! (Don’t forget to ask for your bag at the front desk!)

  • Take a trip back into the ancient indian culture as you enter the “Native Peoples of the Past” exhibit where this ancient culture is recreated. Walk into a traditional Hohokam family house, try your hand at grinding corn and catch a glimpse firsthand of some of the tools, art and ceremonies of these ancient peoples.
  • The natural history exhibit is by far the favorite of my kids because this is where you will find the life-sized T-Rex alongside a Camarasaurus. Your kids will be captivated by Dinosaur Mountain where a flash flood rains down on our dinosaur friends every 15 minutes as they roar in protest!
  • Walk through the “Arizona in Time” exhibit and take a trip back to our own state millions of years ago! You might be surprised to find out what was running around in your very own backyard! (And you thought scorpions were a problem now? Take a look at the ones that used to be here!)
  • If you journey to the top floor and visit the “Prehistoric Pronghorn: Ancient Antelope” exhibit, don’t forget to stop by and say “hello” to Elvis the Alligator…careful, he bites!
Find out which beasts roamed your own backyard in prehistoric times!

Find out which beasts roamed your own backyard in prehistoric times!

Admission is only $6 for children 3-12 and $10 per adult. Students over 13 can get in for $8. The museum is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday 11am  to 5pm and Sunday from 1pm to 5pm. If you’re not sure how much time to allow for a visit, I can offer this gauge: based on my experience with my four children ages 2-8, you can easily spend a full afternoon here and not get bored. My kids are usually among the last in the museum and leave only because they begin shutting off the lights!  Happy dinosaur hunting!

For more information: Visit the Southwest Museum website, call them at 480-644-2230 or visit them one block north of Main Street in downtown Mesa at 53 N. Macdonald.