Arizona Museum of Natural History  53 N. Macdonald, Mesa

Arizona Museum of Natural History  53 N. Macdonald, Mesa 480-644-2230, arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.org

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First Place: Arizona Museum of Natural History 

53 N. Macdonald, Mesa

480-644-2230, arizonamuseumofnaturalhistory.org

The dinosaurs that roar and the three-story waterfall make a big first impression on kids at the Arizona Museum of Natural History. 

But adults appreciate the opportunity to view one of the best collections of Mesoamerican and Hohokam artifacts in Arizona. You also can explore the state’s rich mining and mineral history, and review the role Arizona has played in the movies over the years.

Grownups enjoy the annual Beer N’ Bones bash, a boozy blend of science and fun that has become the Titanosaurus of East Valley fundraisers.

Second Place: i.d.e.a. Museum Mesa

150 W. Pepper Place, Mesa

480-644-2468, ideamuseum.org

Third Place: Commemorative Air Force Museum

2017 N. Greenfield Road, Mesa

480-924-1940, azcaf.org

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