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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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+1 520-883-2702
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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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Best museum of the natural Sonoran Desert

I love this museum. It's truly special and really brings the splendor of the Sonoran Desert into a museum that all can experience. Not to be missed if you are in Tucson.

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Bay Area, CA
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131 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love this museum. It's truly special and really brings the splendor of the Sonoran Desert into a museum that all can experience. Not to be missed if you are in Tucson.

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Tucson, Arizona
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8 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Desert Museum is a Tucson treasure. A wonderful place to take visitors too. Just getting there is a great tour of our beautiful sonoran desert. Lots to see and do once there and great for adults and kids alike. My favorite spot is the hummingbird house.

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rio rancho, nm
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

Can't say enough about the quality of this place. Docents were all along every path and every single one was well informed, pleasant and hugely helpful. All paths were well marked and well maintained. Scooter rental was available for a very modest price and late in the day they even replaced it for a fresh one at no additional charge.... More 

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

beautiful place. a really nice place to unwind with family. ideal for dates and really... any group of people. you need at least 2 hours to enjoy different sightings. i wasn't the biggest fan of the caged mountain lion.... doesn't seem necessary.

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Dallas, Texas
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19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a really neat place. My husband and I went to visit because he had gone there as a child with his family. There were very nice exhibits and the cost is excellent. We saw a lot more than I expected since we did go in the heat of the day. ( My husband is really hard to wake... More 

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Wrexham
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Took advantage of the late evening opening and it was superb. Clear blue skies, spectacular views - a real assault on the senses. The displays were informative and interesting but the real star of the show was the desert.

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San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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A great place to explore what the desert has to offer. We have 3 young kids and we all enjoyed it. Get there early as it really does get hot!

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Sykesville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We anticipated a 2-hour stay, but we spent 5 hours here. We got there an hour after they opened, and it was important to see the wildlife more active earlier in the day. Also, the whole place was nice and quite, When some groups of kids buzzed by, they quickly left, and it was peaceful, again. I would recommend visiting... More 

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Louisiana
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46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit here! We stayed on the paved path so we might have missed a few exhibits but we saw plenty. The cave and dinosaur/fossil dig was a big hit with my kids. The cactus are beautiful. I definitely recommend for any age.

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We always have a great time here. It's important to note it is mostly outside and the paths are long and can get warm in the spring/summer. My boys loved the animal stamp areas at each different animal enclosure. Be sure to wear appropriate walking shoes. The gift shop is AMAZING! We have taken the boys as toddlers and now... More 

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