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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Closed Now: 08:30 - 17:00
Open today: 08:30 - 17:00
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It was a beautiful day to be outside..Fall is a great time to visit this place...put on your... read more

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This is a great attraction and well worth the trip. The drive there alone was breathtaking. There... read more

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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...more
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2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9719
+1 520-883-2702
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 3 November 2014

We love visiting this museum, it is about 30 minutes from our home and our Inn and guests are always letting us know how much they love going there. We have plenty of Coupons to hand out too.

14  Thank Mare P
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 16 April 2012

As far as zoos go, this is an interesting and well planned on. But, the animals suffer from a lack of stimulation. The mountain lions are obese and all they did was pace while I was watching.

10  Thank service197
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Reviewed yesterday

It was a beautiful day to be outside..Fall is a great time to visit this place...put on your walking shoes and enjoy all the scenery, animals and educational events...trails to follow and paths that lead you to observe the different wildlife of the desert. Even...More

Thank chips57
Reviewed yesterday

This is a great attraction and well worth the trip. The drive there alone was breathtaking. There is so much to do and see. I had 2 8 year olds with me and they were thoroughly entertained. We spent 4 hours there and did not...More

Thank Carrie B
Reviewed yesterday

My husband and I visited here this past weekend with our 3 grandchildren. We loved it and they did too. The animal exhibits are really interested with many levels of things to see for small children, medium children, and adults. The location is absolutely breath-taking....More

Thank grandmaJuliet
Reviewed 2 days ago

Well thought out combination zoo, museum, and extended desert fauna examples it is a favorite for locals and tourist... which can be a problem during school vacations. Best time to go in any season is as it opens but if there in summer don't be...More

Thank David M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Went approx 11:00 am Saturday. Hadn’t thought about the number of children. Great place for them. As an adult I would go again but during school hours. Children yelling and having fun but not a lot of wild life activity. The hummingbird area was fantastic....More

Thank 514christinee
Reviewed 4 days ago

I would highly recommend a visit to this living museum. There are so many things to look at as you walk around the vast area, caves, wildlife, exhibit area with all reptiles and insects, rock and crystal display, live animals in their natural surroundings. We...More

Thank LoBommer
Reviewed 6 days ago

this small museum is situated in the Saguaro National Park and offers the opportunity to discover the area faune, plants and rocks, in a beautiful landscape. The museum shop has a good choice of pottery.

Thank fm67upie
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is an attraction that has fascinated and educated people for many years and has stepped up to the modern day plate with much more to see and do! The gift shops and eating places are always a treat, especially after walking...More

Thank Chris T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really great place to walk around and enjoy the desert life. So many different exhibits and wildlife and awesome views of natural life.

Thank EAG1601
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum used to be stellar but it has markedly declined over the past 10 years. The setting remains beautiful but the exhibits have not changed significantly in 10 years. The grounds are not kept up in the way that they should be if desiring...More

Thank margaret n
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Response from Rigglets | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I don't know either. Did you check out the website? We did pay the 'Senior rate' though.
Martin A
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Response from SeesTheWorld5 | Reviewed this property |
When you get there. I second the Raptor show! It’s SO cool.
22 October 2017|
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Response from 216lindenc | Reviewed this property |
I don't think there are any other options it is away from town. I recommend renting a car as Tucson is not well connected and it's attractions are for the most part not in the actual town. If a rental is not an option uber... More