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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson
(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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  • We found this place by accident but so happy we went! The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Be prepared to spend the whole day! We only had 4 hours so it was a rush visit but will be definitely goi...  more »
  • This place may call it self a museum, but it is so much more, so please don't let the 'museum' part discourage you from visiting. There are all the (for a Dane, anyway) exotic animals you want to see:...  more »
  • The Arizona Desert Museum is not a museum in the conventional sense, but is really more like an educational zoo. There are exhibits of desert plants, snakes, lizards, spiders, fish, humming birds and ...  more »