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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

#1 of 300 things to do in Tucson Features Animals
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%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 08:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9719
+1 520-883-2702
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Reviewed yesterday

a bit of a drive, in the middle of nowhere, rich, enjoyable. well developed natural open air museum with a wide variety of flora and fauna. kids will love it.

Thank Perspectech
Reviewed 2 days ago

We have visited here a few times, the hummingbird house that you can walk in is amazing, a must see. We have also seen the birds of prey show outside where the birds are in flight outdoors, it was fantastic, also a must see. Overall...More

Thank WindyCityRipster
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I've lived in Tucson most of my life, but hadn't been to the Desert Museum in many years. It's always been a place to take visitors from out of town, but we haven't had any company lately to take. But, I had recently heard they...More

Thank annieofaz
Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent a wonderful morning at the Museum, which is really more of a zoo, but placed out in the natural desert habitat, with the native plants and animals displayed. The mix of man-made and natural was mostly seamless. Our favorite exhibit was the hummingbird...More

Thank John B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A great museum. Mostly outdoors and can be very hot. Didn't see many animals probably due to heat. Stingray exhibit was fantastic as well as hummingbird enclosure

Thank Alice S
Reviewed 4 days ago

Have been members for years, even when we haven't lived in the state. Love supporting this natural desert habitat. The variety of animals is great. It can be a bummer if you don't get to see animals, we love that they can hide though- unlike...More

Thank TheMarshalls3
Reviewed 4 days ago

I had read about this Desert Museum and when seeing the photos and reviews online I knew it must be amazing and I had to see it! And indeed it was! So beautifully done and maintained, lots to see from plants to a big variety...More

Thank JAss787
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you want to learn anything about the vast Sonoran Desert covering this part of the southwestern US and northern Mexico, look no further! You can see animal and plant species native to the area and they offer several shows which center around desert wildlife....More

Thank T0mas17
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited in August thinking that it might not have been a good idea being so hot. It happen to be a quest experience! We'll done and put together. Educational as well. I will return on our next visit to Tucson.

Thank csboice
Reviewed 6 days ago

On the recommendation of Trip Advisor and AAA, we traveled through miles of winding roads through steep mountains to arrive at a highly touted destination that was deceptively named a "museum." There is no museum. If you look up the definition of the word in...More

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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
14 March 2017|
Response from Fredboy1946 | Reviewed this property |
Didn't see any. Since wild animals are part of the exhibit, I doubt it. Check with web site before you go.