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International Wildlife Museum

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Address: 4800 W Gates Pass Rd, Tucson, AZ 85745-9600
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+1 520-629-0100
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Highlights the diversity of animals world wide. Explains the role of...

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.

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A hidden gem!

What an amazing gem! I was thoroughly impressed from the moment I walked into the first room filled with the huge collection of mind-blowing butterflies and other insects, and it... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed August 29, 2015
Anchorage, Alaska
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Anchorage, Alaska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2015

What an amazing gem! I was thoroughly impressed from the moment I walked into the first room filled with the huge collection of mind-blowing butterflies and other insects, and it just got better the deeper into this natural history museum I went. It's like a mini-Smithsonian! I could not stop taking photos of the array of animals displayed in a... More 

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Tucson, AZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

I was looking for something to do on a rare rainy day in Tucson and came across a trip advisor review for this museum. Thanks to the military discount it only cost $14 for my son and I to walk thru the displays in a little less than 2 hours. Lots to look at and we learned some along the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2015 via mobile

I went there with my 11 year old "vegan to be" daughter and my 5 year old very energetic younger daughter. I was concern for my older girl because she is an absolute animal lover and the idea of mounted animals did not seat well with her(i don't support hunting, but i understand it was, and unfortunately still is today... More 

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Bryson City, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2015

A relatively short drive outside Tucson this is a collection of taxonomy of animals from around the world. The grandkids really took to this and were grabbing us to show us things. It starts with insects, and moves on to virtually exhibits from all the continents. Most of this came from a private collection and donors to the museum. While... More 

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Glide, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2015

SO as a kid i went there and thought it was fun now it was my tern to take my kids there , there was so much to see , great for the kids and me too.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2015

My husband is really into butterflies and insects, so we got off to a great start in the 1st room of this museum. Everything was well presented, so as to be educational and interesting even to those of us not so much into insects and wild animals! We spent almost 3 hours here looking at all of the exhibits. The... More 

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Phoenix, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 28, 2015

I thought the International Wildlife Museum would be pretty cool, but it exceed my expectations. It was VERY cool. It was much bigger than expected and very clean and well laid out. The animals were grouped together to make it interesting and educational, but still fun. Lots of interactive features and things to touch and do. We spent longer than... More 

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Sweetwater, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2015

I really liked this museum. My kids had a lot of fun too. There is a fee for walk through but it's worth it.The lady at the front desk was really nice! It was bigger than I expected it to be going in and we spent a couple of hours there reading things and taking pictures. All the animals there... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2015

Collections of animals, critters, birds, butterflies, etc. housed in one museum for your joy. A little deer like - maybe 6" tall. Wonder how they stay alive in their natural habitat.

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Mesa, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2015

For all those people who travel with extended family with a wide age range (i.e. 3-74), this is the place for you! The building looks like a castle on the outside sitting at the edge of town. There is mote with fish of many kinds in it that surrounds the front of the castle. The showcases of animals are beautifully... More 

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