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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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08:30 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:00
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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This review is based on a visit to the museum on the spring of 2014 Exhibits were both entertaining and educational. The restaurant offered a reasonable selection of food and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This review is based on a visit to the museum on the spring of 2014 Exhibits were both entertaining and educational. The restaurant offered a reasonable selection of food and drinks.

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West Chester, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Sonoran desert museum is a must see in Tucson. You will see all the native animals and plants of the Sonoran desert. If you plan your visit, make sure to see the raptor show. It is fabulous.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Even though it was my second time being here, I found plenty to enjoy! The scenery is breathtaking and there are a wide variety of exhibits. They have animals and plant life. The raptor show takes place outside at 10:00 and 2:00 and is not to be missed.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great place to taste the natural history of the dessert Southwest. Be sure to see the raptor show. Check for times.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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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