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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 178 Attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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San Francisco, California
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18 reviews 18 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

The desert museum was only a short drive away from Tuscon, about 30 to 45 min outside of the city. We did not know what to expect only wanted to see the desert up close. We were absolutely in awe of this spectacular museum. We were introduced to the vegetation, not just cacti, but lush areas also. As far as... More

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Tucson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Here is the best value in Tucson..children will love it...very educational....very interesting exhibts

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Houston, Texas
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15 attraction reviews
802 helpful votes 802 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We arrived at the Museum at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning and the outside temperature was only 75 degrees. it was a beautiful Arizona day with deep blue skies and bright white clouds. Upon arrival, we could see that the staff there are very professional and wanting to be helpful. We paid for two adults and the annual pancake breakfast.... More

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Sierra Vista, Arizona, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We are members of the Desert Museum and have been for 10 years. It is one of the few places we take nearly every visitor to Arizona because it gives you a phenomenal view of the desert and all that it holds in a short time. You can see the animals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish in the desert habitat.... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Love this museum - highly interactive and really fun. Make sure you take advantage of some of the demonstrations. Food in the cafe is also great.

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Brisbane, Australia
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6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed our visit to the Desert Museum, wonderful walk through desert landscapes and animals on display. It is important to wear comfortable shoes, a hat and drink plenty of water. We especially loved the hummingbird aviary. A very wonderful facility and well worth a visit. We plan to go back.

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Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
61 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful way to become familiar with unique wildlife, plants and habitat of southern Arizona. We enjoyed every part of the museum and could have spent all day looking at the amazing cacti, desert plants and displays. We watched the owl demonstration and our teen boys enjoyed learning about the owl and seeing this amazing bird up close.... More

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Glendale, Arizona, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Lots to see, employees were very courteous and willing to take time to tell you about different animals

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The Arizona Desert museum is a great place to visit at any age. When we have out of town visitors it's a great place for them to experience what the desert is all about. Each time we go we experience something new. They keep it interactive for kids and adults.

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Oro Valley, Arizona
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This outdoor and indoor museum has everything - beautiful desert vistas, native animals, caves, a hummingbird aviary....wonderful gift shops and places to eat. Go for the day. Talk to the docents, who are very knowledgable, get some exercise, and take pictures of the javelinas, who undoubtedly will be sleeping in the shade!

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