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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

#1 of 288 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

An adventure in our own back yard! The exhibits are amazing. The Cool Nights have extra interests. We learned about several types of insects and got to enjoy the outdoors in a magnificent setting!

Thank Dorothy / Thoma... M
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Awesome place ! The Hummingbird Aviary was a fantastic experience ! Very impressive ! Many desert plants and flowers displayed in the landscaping. We enjoyed lunch at the Grill . Water stations were in numerous places along the walkways . Several local artist's were showcased...More

Thank Susan J
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a great spot to visit while in Tucson! Great for all ages! There is lots of walking so be prepared, and it can get hot.

Thank summerbabygirl
Reviewed 4 days ago

My family was all extremely impressed by the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum! In addition to great cacti-dotted scenery, the museum included many exhibits and outdoor trails featuring dessert wildlife. We saw a Mexican Wolf, a coyote, a bear, deer, MANY lizards of all shapes and sizes,...More

Thank Laura A
Reviewed 5 days ago

Hummingbirds will come and sit on your glasses if you are lucky and sit and relax. It is easy to walk though the "museum" but would recommend going in the cooler part of the year unless you enjoy the heat. There are plenty of places...More

Thank Debby C
Reviewed 6 days ago

This place was the highlight of our trip to Tucson. I had no idea something like this existed out in the desert. This is an indoor-outdoor museum. From stingrays (yes stingrays) to birds of prey, this place is definitely worth the drive.

Thank Articofury
Reviewed 6 days ago

The saguaro cactus was a high item on my sisters bucket list for this road trip. It has sentimental meaning to us as our grandfather and dad loved it. We were definitely in for a surprise. I read about the national park the night prior...More

Thank Jennifer J
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is more than just a museum. It is also a zoo and botanical garden. My daughter and I visited on a Sunday morning just after they opened. The museum features plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert. Most of the...More

Thank NHMom67
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to the desert museum with my husband after multiple visits to AZ and never having the chance to go. Its loaded with interesting information about desert plants and wildlife and includes animals that are indigenous to AZ. We got to touch sting rays and...More

Thank shelian11202
Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum shows a lot of the native fauna found in Arizona, and the exhibits are easily accessible from walkways throughout the area.

Thank Kriss2718
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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.