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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9719
+1 520-883-2702
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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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  • Very good14%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9719
+1 520-883-2702
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Reviewed yesterday

I have lived in Tucson all my life. And the Dessert Museum has always been a fixture here. When I was a kid they offered summer programs, and taught dessert survival and other cool things for kids on Summer break. Now it's a great place...More

Thank DaveC-AZCat
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am a native Tucsonan so I'm prejudiced, but I believe the Desert Museum is one of the best zoos in the world. And I'm not the only one who thinks so! Pros: *Almost all if the animals are in open air exhibits, and they...More

1  Thank ScoutKatie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert are on display here in their natural habitat. The Birds of Prey demonstration is especially interesting, with free-flying birds around you, as is the animal encounter in the theater building. The Hummingbird habitat is the only place...More

Thank Marilyn S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's really special to walk around the Sonoran Desert, a guest, among the naturally occurring wildlife and desert vegetation. In this quasi-controlled environment, it gives one a sense of the magnificence of the most beautiful desert in the world, yet you don't have any associated...More

Thank sisbelljones
Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent five hours here and we didn't see everything. That alone tells you something. We liked the butterflies a lot, but this museum impresses without being extraordinary. Everything is well planned. There are water fountains all around and sunscreen in the bathrooms. Some of...More

Thank jxx9595
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You must visit in the morning. Most of the exhibits are outdoors. Many live animals from the desert and many gardens of native plants. We are from East Tennessee and we learned a lot about the desert habitats. Very friendly and helpful staff. The cafe...More

1  Thank amos0129
Reviewed 1 week ago

Being from South Georgia, desert terrain was new to us. Quite an impressive museum displaying the beauties of the American desert. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly

Thank dbscpa
Reviewed 1 week ago

So many things to see, wonderful exhibits and helpful staff. Very educational. The paths are easy to walk on. I would go when it is not too hot so you can enjoy the stroll. I have been here many times and bring family when they...More

Thank luv2wk2
Reviewed 1 week ago

There are so many attractions that you have to spend at least a full day to enjoy this place. Besides variety of the desert faura and flora, out on the desert museum, there was an outdoor Sting Ray Aquarium. Our grandchildren didn't want to leave...More

Thank InSungOLee
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When you arrive, you are met by a bird ambassador at the front gate. Maybe a screech owl, maybe a barn owl, maybe a kestral sitting on a volunteers glove. The Raptor free-flight is the highlight to any visit. Watch close up as raptors fly...More

Thank Judy K
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Jacquie W
7 September 2017|
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Response from l b | Reviewed this property |
It is dry heat so tolerable at most temperatures but, March weather is averaged at 75-77 degrees.
13 May 2017|
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Response from Charlotte B | Reviewed this property |
Besides the museum, your children may enjoy Tombstone. It is an old west historic town with people dressed in period clothing and in character. Staged gun fights. Recreation of the shoot out at the OK corral.
18 April 2017|
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Response from KatMom419 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Honestly, this is primarily an outdoor walking museum where flora and fauna of different species are displayed and growing. Lot of lovely butterflies. The only spaces I noticed indoors were 2 cafes, 2 small shops and a... More