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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 wonderful place to visit. Great planning at to the layout and what there is to see. Perfect for the entire family. Just plan on spending most of you day here as it... read more

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Hemet, California, United States
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Hemet, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a wonderful place to visit. Great planning at to the layout and what there is to see. Perfect for the entire family. Just plan on spending most of you day here as it covers a lot of ground.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Could spend a whole day there. Lots of interesting animals native to the region as well as a diverse array of native plants.

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Fulton, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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 2 days ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 4 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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