Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson

4.8
#1 of 236 in Museums in Arizona
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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  • Clean, friendly and helpful. Loved the hummingbird sanctuary. Would highly recommed this for families.  more »
  • We had a great trip, beautiful day at the museum, not too hot. Got to see most of the animals, tons of cactus flowers! Friendly staff. Super good prickly pear lemonade in the cafe. I wasn't impressed ...  more »
  • Great desert museum with kid's activities, a hummingbird aviary, cactus garden, gifts shops and food all on site.  more »
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  • I loved our visit to the Sonora desert museum! They have such an interesting set up. They've gathered all of the plant life and animals found throughout the Sonora desert into one place to see and learn about. Also the volunteers at the park are Incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. This is a great place for families to visit as they've got tons of stuff for kids to do at each stop on the trail. Also great for adults. I loved my visit and if I'm back in the area I'm definitely going to visit again
  • Great experience at this zoo/museum. There was even sun screen lotion available in the restrooms! The raptor flight was unique. Great viewing area where everyone could see. We saw our very 1st Joshua tree: it was a very awesome tree! We would recommend - although it was a bit pricey even with our senior discount, being able to stay most of the day made it worth it. Thanks for a wonderful visit 😊
  • Always a fantastic experience. Best at the early am. Not too hot yet. Raptor Flight was amazing!!!! I can't describe the exhilarating experience to have these beautiful birds of prey fly just inches above our heads. If you love God's creatures, it'll bring you to tears, because of the sheer beauty and amazing care these animals have. Thanks for making our daughter's 11th birthday special. The restaurant is 5 stars🤩 yummy. I'm excited to come back.
  • Great place to stop in and visit. They have many exhibits of plants,fish,birds,reptiles,cacti and animals to see with all the information displayed about them. There is gift shops and the facility has wheelchair accessibility through the sidewalks. Lots of stunning scenery of flowers,trees and very old cacti. Would definitely return back for future visits.
  • My favorite place since I came here for the first time in 2002. If you want to learn about the desert in a fun and interesting way that even kids enjoy this is the place to go. Many animals, some surprising to find in the desert, and there is even a beautiful blooming desert garden (go in early spring). Everywhere we heard bird sounds. Many activities for the kids, places to sit, water stations throughout and an excellent gift shop.
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