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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

2021 North Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
520 883 2702
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Ranked #1 of 177 Attractions in Tucson
Type: Natural History Museums, Zoos, Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Birdwatching, Viewing foliage
Owner description: This renowned combination zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden reflects the diverse flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert, featuring... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Indiana, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

We have visited a number of top-flight zoos in the U.S., but this one was right near the top. Although lacking the dramatic international animals from some zoos - elephants, tigers, giraffes, etc. - the overall feel of the museum was the best we have experienced! The flora, natural feel of the animal viewing and the awesome hummingbird area paid... More

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Palmyra, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW via mobile

Very informative on plant and wildlife in the region. Jim was extremely kind to take the time to walk my husband and I, plus another couple, down several paths and talk to us about the various plant life. He was able to answer all our questions and was very interesting. We felt as if we received our own private tour!

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is located within reach of the Saguaro National Park, surrounded by the mountains and the Sonoran desert. The exhibits are well made, showcasing the flora and fauna of the Sonoran desert. During summer, evening programs on Saturdays provide you with new information on a selected topic, like foods of the desert, behavior of selected critters, et.al..... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a spectacular place to get a true Southwest experience. You will see a variety of desert dwelling critters, both four-legged and crawling. The docents are well informed and capable of answering almost any question you might pose to them, and they're pleased to do it. Be sure to take a camera because you'll see some... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

I love this place. They do an excellent job with a lot of natural environment for the animals. If go during warm weather the earlier the better if you want to see the animals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is an unmatched treasure of the southwest U.S. with dynamic animal and plant displays and educational experiential exhibits throughout the grounds. Bring visitors, have a wonderful lunch in their café, enjoy local professional art, books, and plants for sale. Wonderful for children and adults of all ages. Don't forget to bring your camera along!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Really turned off by the "museum" part because I like adventure, outdoor & fun..But this was AMAZING! You're outside, you're walking through caves & trees & over edges of the desert, Soo beautiful & fun! highly recommend!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This being my first time experiencing the desert I was thrilled to visit where I could learn about the flora and fauna. In a natural setting the trail took us past beautiful plants and critters who were living in a natural enclosures not cages. The Docents were very informative and I learned many facts about this fascinating ecosystem. A super... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I have visited this place several times. With friends who came to Arizona for the first time and you would be surprised how they react when they find out that desert doesnt mean sand dunes :-) Plenty to see here its a ZOO and Botanical garden all in one. Oh and the "Hummingbird House" is amazing! You can spend half... More

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Naples, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Highly interesting and informative. The only museum exclusively dedicated to the Sonoran Desert. The guides and docents are extremely knowledgable and friendly, and the scheduled shows are fascinating. Animals and plants of the Sonoran Desert are featured.

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