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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Address: 2021 North Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
Phone Number: 520 883 2702
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8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Viewing foliage, Birdwatching
Description: This renowned combination zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden...
This renowned combination zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden reflects the diverse flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert, featuring wildlife like coyotes, bears and mountain lions in their natural settings and aviaries, one for hummingbirds and the other for varied desert birds.
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Went first thing Monday morning. Parking lot was empty and we were first to arrive before the heat of the day. All volunteers bent over backwards to answer any question we might... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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84 reviews 84 reviews
11 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Went first thing Monday morning. Parking lot was empty and we were first to arrive before the heat of the day. All volunteers bent over backwards to answer any question we might have. We carried insulated water bottles that we could refill at many water stations. Exhibits showed all of the common fauna and flora roaming the desert country. how... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Went here at the recommendation of some friends, and loved it. It's a bit out of town but worth the drive and a great way to see some other parts of Tucson. It's a museum, botanical garden, and zoo all rolled into one. We spent several hours wandering around looking at various types of desert flora, and enjoying snakes, spiders,... More 

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Saint John, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We so enjoyed our time at the Sonora Desert Museum. The grounds are wonderful, love walking around seeing all the desert flowers and cactus in bloom, perfect time to have visited the Tucson Area. Watched a film at the museum, very interesting. Lots of paths to walk along and just wander. Very wheelchair or stroller friendly. Animals to see along... More 

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Kenmore, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

Unfortunately we got to this place late in the afternoon the day before departing town. Wish we'd known more about it sooner as one could easily spend the whole day totally intrigued by the diversity and quality displays here. I WILL return - have to!

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Visiting from Australia , the Segauro landscape is so very foreign and sensory overload as it is. But wow this was an incredible day trip. I would highly recommend this if your in AZ

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

This is the 2nd trip we've made to the museum and I liked it even more the 2nd time. It is a wonderful collection of all things Sonoran Desert, including wildlife. (Go early to see them out and about- they hide in the shade during the day). It has wonderful exhibits, inside and out and is laid out nicely for... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Make sure to take advantage of the docents who provide tours. Paul F. spent 90 minutes with us giving us an amazing tour

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Everett
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

We have been here at least a dozen times and it is a real gem. Get there before it's warm as the critters stay out of the heat. A giant bonus this trip was we saw ZERO of those horrible, nasty, evil selfie sticks.

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Shanty Bay, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This was by far the best attraction we have experienced on this trip. We went early in the morning and really enjoyed the outdoor walks, exhibits & animals. The natural "gardens" are absolutely beautiful. The people who work here go out of their way to share their knowledge with you. They are all extremely knowledgable and obviously love their jobs.... More 

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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

This is an outstanding museum. Very tasteful and natural exhibits with well thought out paths to explore. The staff is highly knowledgeable and the volunteers are tremendous. Thoroughly enjoyed our narrated tours. This is a must on your visit to the area.

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