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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson

Categories: Art Galleries, Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.8/5 based on 5,500+ reviews on the web
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. Make Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum part of your personalized Tucson itinerary using our Tucson holiday planner.
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  • My wife and I were amazed at the varied attractions at the Desert Museum; we didn’t expect a walk-in aviary or a beautiful aquarium or an art gallery or a hummingbird aviary and much more. The walkway...  read more »
  • This "museum" is set in the middle of the desert and beautifully layed out with lots of demonstrations and information. The gift shop is well priced and has a great selection of gifts and goods. Every...  read more »
  • Went in October and this was the second visit. This is an interesting experience as it requires walking through the desert environment to see the exhibits. We went during mid day and many of the fauna...  read more »
  • Actual desert was sacrificed for parking lots that accommodate those who want to explore the outdoor gardens that highlight the native flora and fauna of what once was natural desert. A trade-off that is probably necessary. Otherwise most would drive right through. That said, it's well done. We need more outdoor museums like this.
  • Truly a gem in the desert! This magnificent outdoor museum has lot to offer to each and everyone. Learn about flora and fauna as you walk through the Sonoran desert and observe the wonderfully created exhibitions. If you visit during summertime be sure to bring a hat, water, and get some complimentary sunscreen!
  • We had a great time here with a 2-yr old and a 4-yr old. Both had enough to keep their attention. The 4-yr old was proud to tell her Dad (who had been golfing) she was a paleontologist after going here! We had lunch in the cafe and were able to find something for each of the picky eaters! Great day...especially if you get to do some of the special exhibitions.
  • I've been at least half a dozen times. Always a great experience. Summer nights are fun unique way to enjoy. Bring a black light flashlight and you can find glowing scorpions around. The restaurants are also pretty good regionally themed food.
  • Nothing like what I expected. The museum is probably 90% outside and is more like a zoo/botanical garden. Really beautiful with knowledgeable staff. The focus is nature from the region so it was a good introduction to the area.
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