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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Address: 2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9719
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08:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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This renowned combination zoo, natural history museum, botanical garden and...

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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Our family loves the Sonora Desert Museum. Even living in AZ all of their lives, the kids still enjoy the museum at least once a year. Try to visit early or late if you are not... read more

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Tucson
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6 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Our family loves the Sonora Desert Museum. Even living in AZ all of their lives, the kids still enjoy the museum at least once a year. Try to visit early or late if you are not used to the heat. Although there are many opportunities to escape the heat, most of the visit is spent outdoors, and contrary to popular... More 

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Thank Cyndee C
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is awesome! Way better than reid park zoo. Maybe less exotic animals but you can see all the animals of the desert even the ones "we" have pushed out. Lots of fun activities and the food venues are not outrageously priced, still pretty high but understandable for their situation.

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Thank Jeremy Z
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wow what a place. Kinda like Banff in the Desert. Real tricky drive in and out to flagstaff. Lots of cut backs and elevation changes.

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Thank Kelly R
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have visited many times and enjoy it more each time. There is a humming bird house where there are dozens of hummingbirds flying around and you walk through it. There is a huge aviary with wild birds and acres of paths with cacti, and desert plants everywhere. There are reptile displays and a great cafe that is almost 5... More 

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Thank Dave D
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The Desert Museum is my favorite place to visit in Tucson! It is a combination of a zoo and a museum where you can learn everything about the Sonoran Desert. The docents are very friendly and knowledgeable, and the animals live in fairly lifelike enclosures. If it's a little warm, you want to start early; head to the coyotes and... More 

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Thank Elizabeth B
Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great venue for families, friends, lovers and of course if you are by yourself! If you are lucky enough to be there during the late fall to early spring, you must see the raptors fly. Some of the exhibits are fairly new and fun. Look on the website to find out if there are any special things... More 

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Thank Karen D
Tucson, Arizona
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I loved walking the trails and attending the informational lectures and seeing the wildlife. The flora and fauna is worth the visit.

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Thank 126foodie
Tucson
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We live in Tucson and still only make it to the Desert Museum every two or three years. It's always a joy and a highlight of our Summer (or Spring, or Winter, or Fall)! I'm looking forward to seeing the new ray attraction...they're from the Gulf of California, so it counts!

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Thank Linda M
Tucson AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is really that simple the Desert Museum is the 1st 2nd and 3rd best attarction in Greater Tucson. Whatever you deem next is 4th at best!

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Thank Dick A
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We finally made it here today! The staff was very nice and helpful. The exhibits were well done and very informative.

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