Because the Arizona Museum of Natural History is home to thousands upon thousands of artifacts, there are three exhibit stations that are used as rotating spaces. Sometimes the current exhibits may be displayed for a year, or they may be changed for special occasions
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The Cultures of Ancient Americas is currently on display and focuses on the three eras of ancient peoples in the American Southwest. Many Native American cultures such as the Navajo, Hohokam, and Apache are explored in this exhibition. From the first Paleoindian peoples all the way through the plains people and what modern people think of when they learn of Native Americans in the area. Replicas of pit houses and other abodes are on display along with ancient ceramics including pottery.
Cretaceous Seas is a part of the Arizona through Time exhibit that specifically focuses on the transitions prehistoric animals had from sea onto land and the evolutionary process associated with it. Journey back to before the dinosaurs to the first creatures to ever walk on land. There are even plants that made a sea to land transition and 11 other species besides fish to amphibians that visitors can learn about in this exhibition.
Rulers of Prehistoric Skies features the biggest animals to ever take to the skies, the Pterosaurs. These ancient animals were not dinosaurs or birds and ruled the skies over 65 million years ago. Often times mistaken for Pterodactyls, replica bones of these creatures hang from the ceilings and over the tree top in this larger than life exhibit.
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One of the unique things about Arizona Museum of Natural History is that it is also a research center for paleontology and archeology. Researchers and those with the proper credentials such as professors, can set up an appointment to spend time in the collections that are in storage. These items are occasionally on display in the rotating exhibit and only viewable by appointment when not being featured in the Exhibits.
Mesa Grande Cultural Park is an excavation site in the middle of the city that is home to a Hohokam temple mound. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Mesa Grande has been open since the 1980s in an effort to preserve the culture. It is open to the public and volunteers with many different universities and agencies in Arizona work with museum staff to preserve these ruins. Mesa Grande Cultural Park is not on the Arizona Museum of Natural History grounds and does require a separate admission price.
The Arizona Museum of Natural History is a popular location for birthday parties, corporate functions and weddings. Even high school proms have been hosted at the AzMNH. Birthday parties are a blast at the museum with private rooms for the party and then exploration time until the museum closes.
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