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International Wildlife Museum

4800 W. Gates Pass Rd., Tucson, AZ 85745
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Ranked #20 of 121 Attractions in Tucson
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Natural History Museums, Museums
Activities: Viewing foliage, Viewing wildlife
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Owner description: Highlights the diversity of animals world wide. Explains the role of science-based wildlife management for sustainable-use conservation, with emphasis on the role of hunting in biologically responsible wildlife management. Animals are displayed both by taxonomic group and in realistic dioramas which highlight the habitats in which the animals live. The museum has many touchable specimens on display. Insects including butterflies, moths and beetles are featured, as well as mammals, birds and some reptiles.All exhibits are indoors and the facility is air-conditioned. Wildlife movies run hourly from 10 am until 4 pm.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children

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Los Angeles, CA
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77 reviews 77 reviews
13 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Some of my colleagues bad-mouthed the International Wildlife Museum because it is full of dead animals. I think their scorn is undeserved. After all, everything dies, it's a question of how. Many of the animals displayed are "rescues" of one sort or another, and others are from acquired collections; I don't think any of them were obtained directly by going... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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162 reviews 162 reviews
75 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This is a relatively small museum, but it packs a lot of interesting exhibits on wildlife from all over the world. I think one to two hours would be good time to plan to spend here. It was self-guided, but the information posted about the displays was informative and interesting. Different rooms are devoted to different species with large selections... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Visited the museum. Excellent exhibits, interactive exhibits, stuffed animals on display and informative films. This is a great place to bring school children. I would highly recommend this place for people of all ages.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

There is a large selection of animals from all over the world. Some of the collections are over a 100 years old. There are over 400 species of insects, mammals and birds, some pre-historic. It was very interesting to see the many variety of deer, bear, moose, etc. The details on the animals was amazing. It was almost as if... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This place is so interesting for all ages. In an air cooled castle is displayed a wonderful exhibit of many animals from all over the world. Very informative charts on each animal and many you can touch. The self tour took a relaxing two hours and was well worth it. They serve food at a snack bar and have a... More

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Tucson, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I wanted to do something special for my daughter that would take us out of the house on the weekend. A friend of mine suggested the International Wildlife Museum. We went and had a wonderful time. As we approached the “Castle” like building, with bronze statues of a Cougar near the door and a Lion to the right of the... More

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Norman, Oklahoma
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

There is a huge variety of information on wildlife here. It is entirely self guided and has many hands on exhibits. While it would seem like this would be geared to children it is not which resulted in several screaming children and upset staff. Other than that the exhibits were chocked with information and displays. The wildlife ranged from insects... More

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
8 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Get out of the heat and stop into another world. The staff here were super friendly, there is a lot to see and learn, and at only 9.00 for adults, it's an affordable fun way to spend the afternoon!

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Sahuarita, Arizona
1 review
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

In the three years we have lived here, we had not yet made the trip to this museum. Well, today was the day we were finally to go. The kids loved walking over the "moat" and up the the Castle-shaped museum. They happily opened the castle gate and were greeted with a huge Rhino on the right. Boy, were they... More

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Tucson, Arizona
13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

It's been a few years since I last went to the museum, but wanted to take my grandson somewhere and it was too hot to go anywhere else. He used to enjoy going there and once inside he remembered being there! They have made some improvements and it is very educational if you take the time to read about the... More

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