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The Thing, Benson

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#82 of 133 in Museums in Arizona
Specialty Museum Museum
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  • We went to shop. They have a wide variety of gift, trinkets, and beautiful jewelry. We shopped, and then had lunch at Dairy Queen. Great place to find that one of a kind gift.  more »
  • An Old School mid-twentieth century roadside attraction which probably hasn't changed much since then. There are gas pumps, a pleasant DQ, and a rather nice gift shop. It's $1--paid to the gift shop c...  more »
  • Travel days of the 50's are here A gift shop for all ages and taste. A DQ to satisfy your sweet tooth. Gas, a bit over priced, but as good as you will find till Tucson. But, The Thing, some thing you ...  more »
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  • For starters this is a tourist trap. The low price ($1) of seeing the (somewhat disappointing) attraction in purely in order to lure people into the gift shop which serves as both the entrance and exit. The selection doesn't really make sense as it ranges from souvenir magnets (from every state, not just AZ) to dollar store toys marked up to a ridiculous price. One of the two urinals in the bathroom was out of order, there was little soap in the dispenser, and the sink had almost no propulsion. One of the only saving graces the stop has is the Dairy Queen which it shares a building with. The Thing should seriously consider investing money in renovations to make the stop more memorable and fixing the bathrooms rather than restocking cheap inventory.
  • It is a very out of the ordinary place! Fun and very affordable to visit! "A mystery in the dessert" logo really fits this place! If you appreciate weird and out of the ordinary things, you won't regret visiting this place!
  • Awesome! it is a gift shop, firework stand, DairyQueen, gas station, and ANTIQUE MUSEUM AT THE SAME TIME, THEY EVEN HAVE A LITERAL ONE OF A KIND GUN! They have friendly staff and everything! 5-5 Experience, A must visit if you are taking N Johnson Road to New Mexico, and unlike other expensive antique museum The Thing Museum costs 75¢ for kids and 1$ for adults! Once again, a must visit!
  • Interesting. friendly staff. Good rest stop. I walked out of Dairy Queen next door...Poor customer service. The staff obviously hate working!
  • It's a nice little tourist trap. Reasonably priced chachkeys and a cute museum for $1. The attached restaurant sells bagged ice.

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