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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 16 August 2015

I was surprised to find so many beautiful flowers and cacti growing in AZ! The animals were fun to see, too! I would definetly bring a friend or family member who has never seen the desert fauna and flora to this museum!

1  Thank dmaria74
Reviewed 15 August 2015 via mobile

Went once. Spent nice time with a friend and two lovely ladies. You cannt say but wonderful. see history and old relevants of the area and listen to the old story. But it is a long drive and needs a driver who is on the...More

Thank Salah S
Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

This place is amazing. There is so much to see. You get to learn about the animals and botanicals of the desert. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and friendly. I can't say enough good things about the museum. It's definitely worth an afternoon. It was...More

1  Thank Honestly47
Reviewed 14 August 2015

My favorite zoo like museum. The place is teeming with docents who are more than happy to explain the mysteries of the Sonoran Desert and its inhabitants. Wonderful summer program on Saturday nights and great fun watching the eagles, owls and other birds of prey...More

1  Thank Tucsondiego
Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

This is a great place to visit and enjoy the beauty of the Sonoran desert and enjoy seeing some beautiful animals. I would make the trip in the "cooler" months of the year, when human desert dwellers can go outside comfortably.

1  Thank Christy H
Reviewed 14 August 2015 via mobile

The mixture of desert flowers and animals is great. The staff provides insight into the various venues and knows the hidden stories of the animals and plants. The food is as you would figure for a museum, average and processed in most cases. Can spend...More

1  Thank jfishmo
Reviewed 13 August 2015

The name museum is really almost a misnomer - this is not a musty indoor building full of dead thing, but rather a lovely outdoor hillside that supports a large number of desert ecosystem. Expect to see all of the desert inhabitants, birds, mammals and...More

2  Thank Roadbirds
Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

This is a wonderful museum which displays all the wonderful plants and animals of the desert. We always take visitors to the museum when they visit us so we are members of this fine place. There is not much shade so come early in the...More

Thank Monique V
Reviewed 13 August 2015

Pros: Exhibits were neat and very informative. Learned a lot about the desert ecosystem and the plants and animals that live there. Many kinds of animals native to the area have enclosures within the museum. Docents explained minerals and Saguaro life at little stations along...More

Thank RoapTripper3081
Reviewed 13 August 2015 via mobile

Easy parking. Lovel well marked paths. Very little shade sov remember it is a desert museum so gave lots of water and sunscrean.

1  Thank Diane E
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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.
19 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.