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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 young children, Activities for older children
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118 reviews 118 reviews
61 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Cadillac, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

It was a nice overcast day at 90 so we were able to get out and walk the museum. The kids loved being able to touch the fish in the water table. The workers were Very knowledgable. The cave was very cool to. Then we did the short walk (we had sm kids age 3&6) around to see all the... More

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

A compact slice of the rich biodiversity, and fun too. So many plants, and don't miss the hummingbirds!

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Vancouver, BC
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9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

We went mid-morning on a very hot day. Great exhibits, very informative docents, beautiful desert environment. Got to the cafe to get drinks and cool off, then back out again. Note: call ahead and get the real closing times: we didn't know that we could have gone out in the early evening in August and toured in the slightly cooler... More

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Rhode Island
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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Interesting museum for an introduction to the desert, its plants and wildlife. Obviously it is in the middle of nowhere so it isn't a hop skip and a jump from any large cities but there is some civilization as you get closer to the turnoff road ... Sadly, we did not get to see it in full bloom but I... More

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Greenville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

A little hard for "older" people to walk and get around-BUT then again OLD people shouldn't be out in that heat guess.

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

I grew up in the area but now live in Europe and Africa. I return home frequently and often with people that haven't been to the area. This is an excellent place for locals and visitors to be introduced to the wildlife and nature of the southwest in a safe environment. The Desert Museum has evolved over the years to... More

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