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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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The Experience Every Resident and Visitor Should Have When in Tucson

The Desert Museum is a one-of-a-kind museum/zoo hybrid. Much like the San Diego Zoo that uses natural barricades made from rock and cement, the Desert Museum has few fences made... read more

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Becker, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a fun thing to do in Tucson. It is mainly outdoors, so dress for the weather- it is hot. Bring a water bottle because they have drinking fountains throughout for refilling. The hummingbird area is cool with nests and babies and birds flying around you. There are several native animals to see in the zoo setting, and you... More 

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Sedona, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Desert Museum is a one-of-a-kind museum/zoo hybrid. Much like the San Diego Zoo that uses natural barricades made from rock and cement, the Desert Museum has few fences made of steel or even wood. For instance, the mountain lion exhibit allows the lion to go inside to its lair or outside to climb rocks, hide from visitors, or just... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have always raved about this place. To be honest we visited on a very hot day, midday, and we saw very few animals as they were staying out of the heat. I remembered the otter pool as my favorite but it was totally different and smaller. I will have to return at another time - early morning or later... More 

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Wyoming, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We were not sure what to expect when we first entered the park but soon found out there was lots to see and experience. Walking paths, some paved, some dirt, were easy to walk. Enjoyed seeing desert animals, birds, reptiles and fish. The Raptor Show is a must see. The Cafe is a tad expensive. Hat, water and sunscreen a... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wonderful tour of the Sonoran desert. They have a raptor exhibit that is to die for. This is a MUST see when you are in Tucson.

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Seaford
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This museum showcased local, indigenous animal and fauna. There are docent tours included with admission. The docent on my tour was excellent. There was a hummingbird aviary when I went.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A short beautiful drive over the mountain led to this great destination for all ages. It is not only a living museum to see and experience, it was a great place to walk and enjoy the desert view. A must see for families with children .... to learn to appreciate the diversity and beautiful of the desert plants and animals.

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Not at all what I was expecting. More of a zoo than a museum. Although the animal displays showed some thought of their natural habitat their living areas were WAY TOO SMALL. most of the mammals were showing signs of anxiety and stress. The typical pacing and panting that you will see when there is no enrichment in their environment.... More 

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Rochester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was a nice day out,, the food was good at the restaurant. Quite a nice walk round. It takes about 4 hours depending how long you spend looking for animals.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice exhibits, a mix between a zoo and botanical garden. The view is beautiful from the entrance, looking down into the valley below. Used GPS to get there, is not well marked off of the freeway. The rapture flight exhibit was overplayed, I would allow the masses to go there and use that time to explore the park without the... More 

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