The Arizona Museum of Natural History, dedicated to showcasing and preserving the cultural and natural history of Arizona and the surrounding American Southwest, was founded in the Mesa, AZ, in 1937. The museum was named Mesa Southwest Museum at the time and houses a small collection of artifacts relevant to Arizona history. The building was originally the mesa city hall and housed the municipal courts, police and fire departments, the jail and the city library. Arizona Museum of Natural History, AzMNH, underwent several renovations over the last two decades, including adding an entirely new wing in 2,000 and a research facility in 1995.
The museum currently contains over 60,000 artifacts from research and donations that are housed in the 74,000 square foot building. Arizona Museum of Natural History is partnered with The Southwest Archaeological team to support the archaeology and anthropology section of the museum. Made up of volunteers, this award winning team conducts research on Native American culture in the southwest and develops the exhibitions in this area. Many of the artifacts are found in active excavation site, Mesa Grande. The Paleontology section of the museum is the primary objective of the AzMNH. Researches work directly for the museum and are also involved in many projects throughout the southwest. The natural history section of the museum is in charge of the excavation, research, and preservation of the fossil collections at the museum and work with several universities and state and local agencies in this effort. Photo: Arizona Museum of Natural History
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Mesa, AZ: Arizona Museum of Natural History
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