Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson

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A combination zoo, botanic garden, and natural history museum, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum features over 3 km (2 mi) of walking paths crisscrossing nearly 9 hectares (21 acres) of desert landscapes. Home to more than 230 animal species and 1,200 varieties of plants, the museum focuses on the interpretation and presentation of the natural history and diverse plant and animal life of the Sonoran Desert. Often called "the lushest desert on earth," this region shelters a range of habitats benefiting from the desert's bi-seasonal rainfall. The museum gardens display the varied ecosystems of cacti, agaves, grasslands, and yucca, while the zoo area features wildlife ranging from coyotes, bears, and mountain lions to hummingbirds and rattlesnakes. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tucson using our trip planner.
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  • This museum must to visit if you stay in Tucson. You need plan at least 3 hours for this museum. It has great exposition of all local snakes and lizards. You can see and read about all cacti and...  more »
  • Great exhibits in a largely natural setting, Saw plenty of wildlife and some exhibits came across as in the animals' natural habitat. Lots of distance to keep socially distant and almost everyone...  more »
  • ASDM has many places to walk on trail paths, and several types of animals to see. If you want to see Javelina keep an eye out for their Keeper (we didn’t see them and when we asked it was because...  more »
  • The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum was an awesome experience. Located in the middle of the Saguaro National Park, it was a nice cherry on the top of an early morning sunrise hike. We got there right before they opened at 7:30 to take advantage of the cooler morning. By the time we left at 9:30 it was already pushing 90°. I would describe this place as a living natural history museum. Mostly outdoors, you walk from exhibit to exhibit. My wife and I particularly enjoyed the aviary, the hummingbirds and the cave exhibit.
  • This is one of my favorite places to take visitors but also just to go by myself. It’s serene and beautiful and highlights all the best parts of the Sonoran desert. Their summer night program is one of the best things Tucson has on tap in the summer - really well done evening programming that I look forward to every year. I’ve also taken one of their behind the scenes tours and really enjoyed that as well. Hands down at the top of my top five things to do in Tucson.
  • Really awesome indoor/outdoor museum with lots of neat exhibits including multiple about the wildlife of the region, but also information on native peoples, geology, and plants. My favorite parts were the hummingbird aviary and the stingray touch tank. Loved the visit. Would recommend going earlier in the morning or later at night to keep out of the heat. They have frequent evening programs, which is when a lot of the wildlife is naturally active, so it would be great to see then.
  • Been here many times while visiting Tucson! Fun place that's full of surprises. Best place to view AND interact with desert life. Just went to the gift shop this visit to see and buy some beautiful southwest art, jewelry and pottery. Lots of inventory! A "must stop" anytime in Tuscon!!
  • Didn't see a lot of animals, but it was an awesome walking tour! A lot of time was out into making the museum into something amazing! Easy walking terrain. A great stop for a couple hours! Beautiful spot with great views! Stop in and check it out if you are in the area!

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