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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Address: 2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9719
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+1 520-883-2702
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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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Staff are committed and superb. Crowded, but worth it and a large area. Very much enjoyed this. Gorgeous gardens and natural desert.

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Seattle
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Staff are committed and superb. Crowded, but worth it and a large area. Very much enjoyed this. Gorgeous gardens and natural desert.

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Juneau, Alaska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great place to spend a few hours outside, seeing the flora and wildlife of the Sonora Desert. Relaxing, educational, peaceful. Go early to beat the heat of the day, and save the indoor exhibits until the end. The drive out is easy and you travel through miles of Saguaro Cactus. You can spend 2-3 hours or more, depending on your... More 

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White Mountains, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I can't believe I have visited Tucson so many times before and never experienced this place! Don't let the name of this place fool you; no dusty, stuffed and mounted exhibits here. It is a zoo and botanical garden all in one. The animal exhibits are well done and allow you a very close look at quite the variety of... More 

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Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

If you have just one or two days in Tucson and want to learn about the desert this is the place. Go early! The tour guide was excellent and furnished us with interesting info on desert plants, the climate, and tidbits on living here. There was a well-attended raptor show that was excellent, a hummingbird area and we were lucky... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a memorable visit to a large sprawling sight. Indoor exhibits, outdoors walks, informative staff and signage make learning about this desert fun. The staff was friendly and went out of their way to answer questions and provide direction. The exhibit on crystals and geology will please all.

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We are members of the AZ desert museum... and always love visiting. But it is when we bring visitors from NY, Boston or Minneapolis that we realize what a treasure we have in our backyard. From the raptor free flight, to the javalinas, to the mountain lion - it is an incredible introduction to the Sonoran desert. Lunch at the... More 

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Nice and relaxing walk explaining the habitat and the animal life. Nicely done and reasonably priced.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

An absolute must visit, especially with young kids. Very informative and interactive park that allows a family to have a great educational day in an interactive nature preserve/park. I would obviously highly recommend that you make this a part of your visit to Arizona. Truly a great experience for all family members.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As a former resident of Tucson, I was excited to share my love of the museum and all its desert critters with my 8 and 10 yr old children. The grounds are very well maintained and the museum offers folks who wouldn't get another chance to walk through the Sonoran desert a chance to do so. However, the museum was... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum is utterly fantastic. It gives you a deeper understanding of the Southwest, and is SO well done. They have an amazing gem room also. Just driving out to it is a beautiful experience. You will not regret visiting this, spend the day here!

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