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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 176 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 older children, Activities for young children
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Phoenix
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

What a wonderful place to come to. Bring your camera and video camera for the humming bird area. It was very difficult to find this place, but well worth your time once you get there. There is so much to see and definitely go in the fall or spring before it gets too hot.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

For residents and visitors alike, the Desert Museum is a must see. The drive west of Tucson is lovely as it introduces one to the real Sonoran Desert with a spectacular view of the Altar Valley. The animals exhibited outdoors are the real draw and are wonderful to see in an open air environment. Dress comfortably, wear study shoes, hat,... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a one-of-a-kind place. I would say it is a "must see" attraction for anyone visiting Tucson. It is dedicated to the plants and animals of the Sonoran desert of southern Arizona and northern Mexico. It is really more like a zoo than a museum, as they have many live animals. Children love it, and it... More

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Tucson, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

One of the top zoological gardens/botanical gardens/museums in the world, and a must-see place in Tucson. We are members even though we live so far on the other side of town that we don't get there as often as we would like.

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TUCSON
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Lived in Tucson since '86 and this spot needs no more terrific reviews....it is just spectacular! Do not go in the summer heat if you can avoid....but if you are here in the summer go early early morning, as soon as it opens. We just visited again last week and it is always wonderful. We watched the raptors flying, wow.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

It is not a Museum in the classic meaning of the word, more like a mix of zoo and botanical gardens in the middle of nowhere. You will learn a lot about the Sonoran desert and its inhabitants.Several places for lunch, wear comfortable shoes and do not forget your hat.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Great outdoor experience. Excellent staff. Kids will love it. Excellent value for the money. You will be sorry to leave.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Something suitable for everyone's interests, great overview of the Sonoran desert flora and fauna, wonderful free presentations by docents. Great bird exhibits. On hotter summer days show up early am to see desert dwellers who are not active in the afternoon heat. Nice snackbar. Bring water!!

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Tucson, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

It's such a beautiful outdoor museum with a wonderful view. It's a unique and definitely a must see in Tucson.

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Tucson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Anyone visiting Tucson needs to be sure to visit the Desert Museum. The museum has all the desert creatures as well as the desert plants and history of the region. Allow at least two to three hours to view the creatures, the history and to take in the breath-taking scenery. An excellent place to get an education in what the... More

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