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“just go to the Desert Museum”

International Wildlife Museum
Ranked #25 of 301 things to do in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: The International Wildlife Museum is dedicated to increasing knowledge of and appreciation for the diverse wildlife of the world, as well as explaining the role of wildlife management in conservation. Founded in 1988, the museum has over 400 kinds of insects, mammals and birds from all over the globe. Some of the collections are more than 100 years old and all the species found at the museum were donated by various government agencies, wildlife rehabilitation centers, captive breeding programs, zoos and individuals. The museum features a collection of animals from all over the world, along with dioramas re-creating the natural environment in which these animals live. Your visit is an excellent opportunity to see animals up close and gain a better understanding of their size and adaptive characteristics. The museum has many touchable specimens on display. All exhibits are indoors and the facility is wheelchair accessible and air-conditioned. Wildlife movies run hourly from 10am until 4pm.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Why we have a museum that consists of stuffed & mounted native animals when just 5 or 6 miles away one can see many of the same animals alive & moving baffles me. I truly wish this place would shut down. Staff & everything are fine.................I just don't see any reason for this place to exist.

9  Thank swimfish
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Richard W, Manager at International Wildlife Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2014

While we do have a few local, native animals in display, mostly in our nocturnal exhibit, 95% of the animals are not local and cannot be seen at the Desert Museum, which is a fine zoological and botanical garden, and well worth the visit. We display mammals, birds and insects from all over the world. We have several collections of rare animals which are more than 100 years old, including Birds of Paradise, a panda, a Passenger Pigeon and others.

Swimfish, I'd be pleased to give you a personal tour and tell you about our educational programs and collections. Just call the Museum and ask for me.

Richard White, Director

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Reviewed 30 March 2014

While waiting in our hotel room for Old Tucson to open, we looked on line and saw that the International Wildlife Museum opened earlier and was on the way. So, off went the TV and out we went.

Loved it! From the castle looking exterior to the very first room, the children and adults were hooked. Every room had something new and interesting for each of us, ages 4 to 68. What we thought would be a time filler turned into a destination. We all want to return, the 2 hours we spent just wasn't enough, but we had to go because of our very full schedule. If you haven't been there give it a try.

1  Thank Samnana_46
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Reviewed 26 March 2014

If you are in the Tucson area, this is a must see! My husband is an outdoorsman so I was a little skeptical about going but enjoyed every minute. There is so much to see; be sure to allow yourself 2 -3 hours!

1  Thank Ranzy56
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Reviewed 21 March 2014 via mobile

If you like wildlife, this is almost the New York Natural History - no dinosaurs or fish. You need minimum one hour. It's huge and cheap too.

Thank Immobiliere
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Reviewed 6 March 2014

It only took us about an hour to get through the museum. I thought it was very interesting and worth the stop. I believe admission was $9 for adults.

Thank Ashley D
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