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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9719
+1 520-883-2702
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Large Museum Many Well Done Displays

We were in the area and saw this listed as one of the top attractions, so thought we'd take a look... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Ken H
Smyrna, Tennessee
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One of the Top Ten Museums in U.S., indoor/outdoor

The Desert Museum is the first place I visited when a friend showed me around Tucson. On my second... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Tucson AZ, United States
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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: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9719
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We were in the area and saw this listed as one of the top attractions, so thought we'd take a look. What we didn't realize at first is this is mostly outdoors and it's large. There are so many displays it's hard to describe. There...More

Thank Ken H
Reviewed yesterday

The Desert Museum is the first place I visited when a friend showed me around Tucson. On my second visit I became a member. Members get a discount on purchases and a free coffee when visiting plus guest passes. Here is what you get when...More

Thank maryrO2110CU
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

But take a stroller or back pack carrier. Many trails are unpaved gravel. The Raptor show is a must-see! Get the kids next to a railing. Bring water! Be sure to check out the minerals!

Thank SeesTheWorld5
Reviewed 2 days ago

We arrived just after the raptor free flight show and had to leave before the next one started. I would call ahead to make sure you get to see it. I was bummed we didn't get to. It was at 10:00 and 2:00 when we...More

Thank Momof3boys11235
Reviewed 2 days ago

I was surprised at some of the attractions at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. While the views over the landscape, gardens, and the walk through the desert were lovely, the Earth Science Center with minerals, caves & exhibits was a unexpected delight. The Hummingbird Aviary was...More

Thank sebkayak
Reviewed 4 days ago

Our group of 4 adults was a bit hesitant to visit because the price (about $20 ea) seemed a bit high. However, this place was worth it! The museum is an outdoor experience with something for adults of any age and kids. You can see...More

Thank nxmail
Reviewed 4 days ago

Haven't been in many, many years.....but it's still worth the drive out there. The drive out there is beautiful too. We spent 3-4 hours going through all the exhibits. The most fun we had was taking our time in the agave garden, the cactus garden,...More

Thank MTRose
Reviewed 4 days ago

Excellent museum to visit. We stopped by on a lark and were totally surprised. It was well worth the money even though we could only stay an hour. If we are ever back in the area again this will be a must see attraction.

1  Thank patriciawV3470WM
Reviewed 5 days ago

My family visited here, thinking it was a run-of-the-mill museum. NOT! It's a mostly outdoor museum of the desert. It's lovely and it actually showed me that there is much more variety in the desert landscape than I ever thought. The paths are easily walkable....More

1  Thank C-02
Reviewed 5 days ago

A must see if you are unfamiliar with the Sonora Desert and it plants and animals. It was well worth the 2 hour drive that we made from Phoenix. Interesting plants, which were all identified, and included animals who live in the desert. The weather...More

Thank sewlou
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Rishabh J
23 October 2017|
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Response from Joseph C | 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
Jacquie W
8 September 2017|
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Response from l b | Reviewed this property |
It is dry heat so tolerable at most temperatures but, March weather is averaged at 75-77 degrees.
14 May 2017|
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Response from Katherine C |
Most of the place is beautifully set up for families. Definitely stay out of the gift shop -- a lot of very expensive things on display and within reach of little hands :) Go to the quick serve eatery rather than the... More