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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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Favorite outing in Tuscon

A wonderful combination of naturalistic zoo and botanical gardens. We have visited twice and would come again! It is a great way to learn about the area habitats and wildlife. The... read more

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

A wonderful combination of naturalistic zoo and botanical gardens. We have visited twice and would come again! It is a great way to learn about the area habitats and wildlife. The restaurant here surprised us by serving the best meal of our whole trip. You can easily spend a day here.

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Lopez Island, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

A good interactive way to learn about the natural side of Tucson and the desert. It was sad to see the caged animals in such small areas. Overall the museum is well thought out and very accessible. It was raining on and off when we were there, but the shelters and exhibits are close enogh that we did not get... More 

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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great place!!! Beautiful scenery. Spend a few hours here then a few hours at the Saguaro National Park a few miles down the road.

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Saint Charles, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is our fourth time to the Desert Museum. Our five year old grandson loved every aspect of it. He was over the top in viewing the rattlesnakes, touching snakes, and touching the stingrays! Very educational!

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Watertown, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very informative and nicely laid out walking Trail through the desert environment. Plants are labeled and described in detail..as are the animals and other exhibits. Consideration has been made for handicapped or people who might have problems walking. The map explains which trails are paved and which are not and even indicates where one area is uphill walking. All done... More 

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Mississauga, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the most interesting 'outdoor' museums I've ever visited! Great for everyone - families, kids, adults. Lots of habitats & animals to see as well as great greenery.

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This was the best place we visited. We spent about 4 hours here and thoroughly enjoyed it. Many different exhibits to see from above and below ground. We ate at the café for lunch and were pleased with the offerings. Since it was Valentine's Day the restaurant was closed for the afternoon.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

What a wonderful way to spend a pleasant afternoon. The museum is truly a gem! Perfect for families as well as adults. Features include wild life, birds, cactus and desert plants. The museum was well maintenance and the docents were knowledgeable and very friendly. A must visit in Tucson!

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Trumbull, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely loved the museum and outdoor park that offered a true sense of the wilderness. We were there in February, so the weather was marvelous. Listen to the advice of bringing plenty of water with you if you are planning a visit during the summer. The javelinas and coyotes are so awesome to see up close.

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Olathe, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Amazing place to spend a day. Just the right size to walk around and not tire. Very Kid friendly. Great exhibits. Loved it

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