The ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center shall communicate the vital importance of the mining
industry in our civilization, educate students and teachers in the earth sciences, and preserve
part of the mining history of Arizona, and the Western United States.
The ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center offers mine tours, school programs, and free exhibits
to carry out this vision. The AMDC is supported primarily by gift shop and ticket sales with
additional funding from ASARCO LLC.
Opened in February of 1997, the ASARCO Mineral Discovery Center is designed to convey the vital
importance of mining in our civilization. Everything that we use everyday was somehow extracted
from the earth — either by farming or by mining, and “if it can’t be grown, it has to be mined.”