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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Address: 2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9719
Phone Number: +1 520-883-2702
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08:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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This renowned combination zoo, natural history museum, botanical garden and...

This renowned combination zoo, natural history museum, botanical garden and art gallery reflects the diverse flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert, featuring wildlife such as coyotes, bears and mountain lions in their natural settings and two aviaries; one for hummingbirds and the other for varied desert birds.

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This is a great place to wander around and see all the various sights in the desert. We got to see the raptor show which was wonderful! The hummingbird exhibit is so cool! Lots... read more

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Fulton, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a great place to wander around and see all the various sights in the desert. We got to see the raptor show which was wonderful! The hummingbird exhibit is so cool! Lots of great information and scenery.

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Kingston, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great docent tour covering plants, animals and basic introduction to the grounds. Food good. Split the taco salad as it was huge as the docent recommended. Animals cooperative for photos except for birds outside the aviarys.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

What more can be said?! It's an outstanding museum- though "museum" is an odd descriptive category for an outdoor botanical garden and animal habitat- and is unique to Tucson. It's beautiful, educational, and cannot be missed! Rightfully the #1 activity to do in Tucson. We will go back again and again, but not on a blazing hot summer day. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This Desert Wildlife display is an easy walk through, among the natural terrain features and plant life, such that you believe you are viewing the wildlife in the open Arizona Desert. The walking path varies in elevation, is wide, smooth to negotiate and the wildlife gives you a picture of how their open desert wildlife is. The tourist facilities, shopping,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a zoo/ botanical garden with an opportunity to walk in the desert. Very informative docents are available along with displays of fauna and flora. Top educational experience to enjoy with family about life in the desert. Highly recommended!

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Enjoyed our day at the Desert museum, raptor show the definite highlight. It so much beauty to see inside and out. Was a long drive but worth it for us

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Rockford, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place to visit, and see animals in a natural habitat. It does not feel like a zoo. The views of the cactus are great and the docents very informative. We were there for about 3 hours but could have stayed a lot longer if we had walked more of the paths. Great place and not a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been to the Desert Museum quite a few times over the years years everytime I go back tears always something new to look at that staff is very polite and knowledgeable

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San Jose, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Most of the reviews I've submitted to Trip Advisor have been for attractions, restaurants or hotels that are "very good" or "excellent". I believe this is the first time I've given one star - if I could give a rating of negative stars I would. This place was such a disappointment. I walked the grounds and was appalled at the... More 

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Lompoc, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great place to bring kids. It has a lot of different little exhibits for the curious minds. It is not too strenuous and not too long to see it all so it's just perfect for a kids outing. My favorite is to bring them at night with the black lights to find the bark scorpions. Just fantastic... More 

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