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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 181 Attractions in Tucson
Type: Natural History Museums, Gardens, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Viewing wildlife, Viewing foliage, Birdwatching
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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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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Burlington, CT
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109 reviews 109 reviews
49 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Situated in Tucson’s National Park West is the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. Unlike the traditional museum where items are in plain sight for display, this is an open landscape of desert habitat. A sign by the entrance, “Do not feed the coyotes,” lends a clue as to what type of environment this is. We put our fears aside and proceeded... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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22 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

A must when in Tucson. This is a combination of a museum, a zoo and a botanical garden. The museum is interesting with facts about Arizona. Some displays are interactive so makes it interesting for kids. What I enjoyed more is the outdoor collection. The view is great and you will so much of the saguaro. Lots of photo opportunities!... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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75 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the walk around the paths (and the water fountains). The sudden appearance of a coyote can startle you, but then you notice the fine wire of the fence, so don't panic. We finally got to see some live javelinas, after seeing a few dead ones on the roadside. There are good explanatory signs in all the right places,... More

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San Francisco, CA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Not for handicapped travellers who need wheelchairs...The Museum has hills that are very difficult to navigate. Need roads or streets that are flat. Yet we saw many seniors with Canes trying to navigate the area.

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Tucson, Arizona
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51 reviews 51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

The Desert Museum is a combination zoo and botanical garden, highlighting indigenous flora and fauna with educational exhibits and demonstrations. Expect to see beautiful desert scenery, plenty of cacti, and desert icons like the rattlesnake, roadrunner, coyote and cougar. While a few of the habitats and exhibits are indoors, most of the park is outdoors so consider the weather and... More

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Regina, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

This place is fabulous. The habitats are educational and humane for their living guests. We spent three hours there today. It's worth coming to Tucson just to experience it. All of the exhibits were wonderful, but the hummingbirds are magical.

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Georgetown, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

A great time seeing native animal and plant life in an outdoor setting. A very unique and fun way to enjoy a museum atmosphere outside.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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244 reviews 244 reviews
72 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014 NEW

Love this place. It's really a zoo (filled with a variety of Arizona wild animals) with natural environment confines. You have to LOOK for the animals amongst the rocks, etc. And the entire "museum" is set in the desert, surrounded by Saguaro National Monument park. We've been several times, but never hesitate to take out-of-state visitors to this "museum." They... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

Our Innkeeper recommended we visit the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The recommendation was right on and very enjoyable. Most of the museum is outdoors with walking trails, but there are several shady places to escape the sun and heat. There are many volunteers stationed throughout the museum that present interesting information on the various desert plants and animals. In the museum... More

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Stettler, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

A lot of different things to see, from an aquarium to underground critters to hummingbirds. The raptor/ birds of prey flight demonstration was superb!

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