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Address: 2021 North Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743
Phone Number: 15208832702
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8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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This renowned combination zoo, natural history museum, botanical garden and...

This renowned combination zoo, natural history museum, botanical garden and art gallery reflects the diverse flora and fauna of the Sonoran Desert, featuring wildlife such as coyotes, bears and mountain lions in their natural settings and two aviaries; one for hummingbirds and the other for varied desert birds.

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Fun for all ages

I love this place! Very hands on, the animals are all close and very active. We especially loved the raptor flight it was beautiful and very moving. It is very fun and hands on... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Silver City, New Mexico
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Silver City, New Mexico
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I love this place! Very hands on, the animals are all close and very active. We especially loved the raptor flight it was beautiful and very moving. It is very fun and hands on for the little guys but the teenaged boys still liked it. I was also amazed at how good the food was in the food court. It... More 

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Red Rock, United States
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9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I love the Desert Museum. The first time I went I had to get a membership! Lots of Desert animals to see. Always bringing in something new. Love going on the Desert nights because it is cooler. It is high priced and more worth getting a membership if you plan on going more than once with a family.

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Wonderful outing for all ages. Very informative of desert life one of best outdoor exhibits I have visited.

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abie, ne
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a great way to see all varieties of desert life. The variety of animals, cactus, and desert walk are amazing. The docents are very helpful and knowledgeable. This is a family favorite and one place we visit every time we go to Tucson. Go early in the morning if possible. It was cloudy and fairly cool the whole... More 

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Lansing, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Thanks to trip advisor we found this place only to learn our friend from AZ volunteers there....This is by far one of the coolest outdoor museum's you will find anywhere in the world....

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Museum is a must see when in Tucson! It is a Zoo, Aquarium, Botanical Garden & Art Show all rolled up into one amazing ball. The trails are beautiful, the animals are amazing and the natural scenery is stunning! Do not miss it!

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Oracle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We try to take our out of town visitors to enjoy the many scenes that explain the Sonoran Desert. Winter at anytime is good but summertime visits should be made early morning with comfortable walking shoes and maybe a sun umbrella.

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Tucson, AZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Took some friends from Europe to the Desert Museum. They enjoyed it immensely. Be advised that even in September to October the daytime temperatures are still very hot. Lots of walking in the heat. This is best done in the early morning hours.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful and educational. Learn about the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Take a stroll or talk with a docent, observe flights and so much more

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A little out of the way, but we really enjoyed exploring this place. A small collection of animals, a small cave, lots of hummingbirds, butterflies, turtles, etc and lots of dessert plant life along with beautiful vistas made it hard to leave. Volunteers were very interesting and gave lots of educational information with many activities geared toward children. There are... More 

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