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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Address: 2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743-9719
Phone Number: 15208832702
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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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not your typical m useum

numerous and varied exhibits. very educational and set in the natural setting of the desert. Great family experience.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Mesa, AZ
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Mesa, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

numerous and varied exhibits. very educational and set in the natural setting of the desert. Great family experience.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

One of the finest nature museums you will ever experience, located west of Tucson, Arizona. Everything about this operation is first-class, the museum's exhibits, the staff, and the overall experience provided. Great for the whole family!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This living museum is amazing. Trails will take you through the place where you can see living desert animals. It is located a distance from Tucson, over the Tucson Mountains but it's worth the trip.

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Anthem, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a great place. The animal life was great. The "bug" displays were very interesting. The desert plants and the trails to see everything were very well done. Would go again

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The whole place is an amazing journey of discovery that you can take your time on. Wandering through trails and learning about animals and plants, even how they make the 'rocks' (which we never would have realized are not real). My only regret is that we did not have time to spend a long day there - don't cut it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This 98 acre complex in Sonoran Desert about 30 minute drive from downtown Tuscon is not a typical museum. Mostly outdoor, it consists of botanical garden, zoo, aquarium, earth science museum, art gallery, restaurants etc with neat, paved walkways. We spent time walking around learning all about desert and native plants but missed the scheduled desert tour which would have... More 

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Palmer, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We plan to retire to Tucson and when we do I will become a member here. The staff is so friendly and helpful. The experience is educational and fun. Today we saw javelina, coyote, ocelot, bobcat, grey fox, and more. My favorite parts are the desert loop snd the hummingbird area.

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

Knowledgeable docents who volunteer their time. Great hands on shows for handling snakes etc and to get more in depth info. Great for kids of all ages

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Spring Valley
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I visited the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in mid-September and we had so much fun. This museum is more like an intimate zoo and botanical garden than a museum. We were surprised to see an aquarium filled with local fish and aquatic life. We enjoyed seeing the reptiles and mammals. A short self-guided hike through the grounds revealed... More 

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Birds and reptiles abound in and around this outdoor museum. Desert gardens along scenic chicanes paths reveal secret after secret to curious visitors. I enjoyed the hummingbird aviary most. Coffee bar was excellent and gift shop inventory was really neat. All staff were very pleasant and helpful. RECOMMEND!

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