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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

#1 of 286 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 2 days ago

Took our 9 year old granddaughter here. She enjoyed it as did my wife and I. We came early right after they opened to avoid as much of the days heat as possible. We felt it was a bit high for admission price ($18 for...More

Thank Don49680
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Loved it! Beautiful and educational. Showed concern for the health and safety of visitors by making sunscreen and water available easily and often.

Thank Qmyrtle
Reviewed 2 days ago

Well worth a visit with local wildlife and native plants on display. All the exhibits are well labelled and there are rangers available in key areas of the museum to add value.

Thank Leonard G
Reviewed 3 days ago

Excellent way for our family to learn about the Sonoran Desert and the animals/insects which inhabit it. Unpaved and paved paths lead you to the animal exhibits and the surrounding desert. The Hummingbird Aviary along with a docent explaining tarantula behavior was fun and informative!...More

Thank heshjh2
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I go to the "living museum" several times a year. The summer can be hot so bring water. There are several watering stations on the paths throughout the museum. Mostly open air so sunscreen is also available by restrooms. Great exhibits with hands on stuff...More

Thank Alison P
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a wonderful place to visit if you like wildlife. Everything here for the animal lover and then some. The raptor flight is a real plus.

Thank mdsabyr
Reviewed 3 days ago

Try to arrive before the heat of mid day. The admission price is high. If you are a first timer, join in one of the docent tours to get the best value for your admission. The Hummingbird House is a joy if you love birds...More

Thank NSfoodlover
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Wonderful, unique place to see. To see all the desert plants and animals in their natural habitat. Best to go in winter or early morning.

Thank Cheryl C
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

To be greeted on the way in by a beautiful white barn owl how could it not just get better from there? It's really a great place. The docents share valuable information. I was with my 6 yr old granddaughter and she totally enjoyed it....More

1  Thank MIchelle L
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Part zoo, part botanical garden, and part natural history museum and all around fun. There is such a variety of things to see here that it should keep everyone entertained. It is nice that there are indoor exhibs spaced throughout to duck into and escape...More

Thank Kasey D
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What are the must see/do areas here for kids? I have 5 kids 4-13
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.
Is this primarily outdoors? I have to stay out of the sun. Is there enough to do indoors?
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
Since it is a walking tour, are dogs permitted?
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.