The mission of the Arizona Museum of Natural History is to inspire understanding and appreciation of the natural and cultural history of the Southwest.
In the spring of 1977, the City of Mesa opened the Mesa Museum of Archeology and History, later renamed Mesa Southwest Museum. In 2007 the Mesa Southwest Museum was renamed Arizona Museum of Natural History. It was created for the enjoyment of Mesa residents and visitors as part of the City of Mesa's continuing commitment to provide educational, cultural and recreational opportunities.
I volunteer twice a month as a gallery interpreter. I get to share my knowledge with so many people, and some visitors have great stories to share. Some days I learn more than I teach! It's a great and very supportive place to learn, grow, and be social.