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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
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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Llantilio Crossenny, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

An excellent centre with a variety of items to see. Make sure you are well protected if going out during the heat of the day. The car travel to the museum from Tucson was also worth the trip. All in all an excellent day.

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Baughurst, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was our 3rd visit to A-SDM, and every time we're impressed with the insights it gives into Desert life. Docents are welcome and knowledgeable and the displays are informative. It's an easy stroll around, with plenty of shade and cool water on tap. But the real stars are the indigenous animals. Cats, Bear, Deer, Lizards, Spiders, Hummingbirds etc. Seeing... More

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Rochester, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

My family who moved to Tucson raved about this place and how awesome it was, so it might just be that I had too high of expectations. I felt everything was too fake and contrived. It felt like a normal zoo, but it was in the middle of the dessert. They could have made the same fake experience closer to... More

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Charlton, Massachusetts
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

It was well-arranged, had some walking paths, but just a great learning place to actually see the desrt and learn all about it. Highly recommend.

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Oxford MD
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 NEW

Had visited here several years ago and thought it very nice. Maybe I've grown more critical over the years. It seemed overly crowded, worn and the animal enclosures in need of rehabilitation. Aviary seemed to be mostly doves. Would not return.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I didn't expect to see so many desert animals. That was definitely the highlight of our trip. We only had 1 and half hours to tour and although we saw most of the Museum, we weren't able to see the bird show.

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Toronto, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

spent a lovely afternoon walking around looking at the exhibits & animals. Definitely something to see/do when you are in Tucson.

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Mortsel, Belgium
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33 reviews 33 reviews
12 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The desert museum is in the Middle of the Saguaro Park and it is an absolute Must See. We were lucky to see it in the evening, something I would really recommend. The hummingbirds are unforgettable, and kids were all over the place with blue flashlights to spot hark scorpions in the dark. This was one of the highlights of... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

They shouldn't call this a museum - it's SO alive! Event during the mid-day there's lot's of animal wildlife (thought the staff encouraged us to re-visit closer to morning) to see: otters and beavers, snakes and spiders, wolves and foxes. It's designed around kids I think - there are 'passport books' with rubber stamps to collect at about 20 viewing/research... More

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Skippack
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We thoroughly enjoyed a day here. Indoor and outdoor exhibits are fantastic. Docents are extremely knowledgeable and helpful.

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