We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

#1 of 287 things to do in Tucson Features Animals
2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9719
+1 520-883-2702
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Tucson Day Tour
Why book on Viator?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
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.
  • Excellent82%
  • Very good14%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 08:30 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9719
+1 520-883-2702
Write a Review
Reviews (6,724)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 6,502 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

This is an excellent museum/"zoo" of desert wildlife. It is conveniently laid out and easy to follow . The wildlife is easy to see and very vibrant. Lots of learning experiences.

Thank Pam C
Reviewed 2 days ago

Beautifully laid out, with carefully thought-out displays and presentations. The wildlife is managed in such a way that it does not feel at like a zoo, with very unobtrusive fencing and barriers. A fantastic morning trip; probably too hot in the afternoon.

Thank JohnL7977YA
Reviewed 3 days ago

Decided to take our granddaughter and great grandson for the first time to the museum. He is four and loved it. Many improvements since going there many years ago. We actually bought a season pass and expect to go again when it is cooler. The...More

Thank SharonLDRN
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Impressive and beautiful and so natural!! Every animal here seems content...& the views and workers were as spectacular~ Kudos to running a place so well! All the land it stretched across made this place a real treat. My 12 year old son just loved it...More

Thank Kneisscrew
Reviewed 4 days ago

My husband and I have enjoyed botanical gardens and local environment venues wherever we travel. Visiting the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum did not disappoint. Ours was an excellent experience. In addition to experiencing the desert environment, we saw a wide variety of butterflies, hummingbirds, an aquarium,...More

Thank divaw0rld
Reviewed 4 days ago

The museum is not what I expected, since it is mostly outdoors. I really enjoyed spending the day outdoors and walking around. The saguaro exhibit area was fascinating--be sure to read all the information in the displays. It is quite an impressive plant!

Thank ockandrea
Reviewed 4 days ago

Visited this attraction when in Tuscon, whilst it was interesting i was not greatly impressed, but then again i am not a real outdoors nature person

Thank kingcheeseAustralia
Reviewed 6 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 6 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 6 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
Nearby Restaurants
Signature Grill
260 reviews
11.55 km away
Catalina Barbeque Co. & Sports Bar
205 reviews
11.52 km away
Los Nopales
121 reviews
9.50 km away
207 reviews
11.66 km away
Nearby Attractions
Red Hills Visitor Center
514 reviews
3.02 km away
Signal Hill Trail
47 reviews
6.57 km away
Gates Pass
670 reviews
6.63 km away
Questions & AnswersAsk a question
What are the must see/do areas here for kids? I have 5 kids 4-13
13 May 2017|
Answer Show all 10 answers
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|
Answer Show all 12 answers
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.