The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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2021 North Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ, USA - 1 (520) 883-2702

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Africancrab Africanc…
777 reviews
Great Natural History Museum in Tucson Aug 08, 2012
While it is called a museum, I would look at it more like a z00-museum given the nature and features of this establishment. The Museum is one of Tucson’s main tourist attractions and is visited by hundreds each year. Located on the outskirts of Tucson, it is a natural history museum with animals, botanical garden and birds. It is built to give access to outside trailing through the museum as you enjoy the different species of cacti and desert plants, birds and reptiles.

My daughter enjoyed the mountain lions and different kinds of birds. I documented some of the desert plants. It is a great place for families with children and admission fees are quite reasonable. If you like nature, plants, animals, art, or good food, then this is the place for you! It is a perfect place to learn about the Sonoran Desert and enjoy a great walk.
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kingoftheicedragons kingofth…
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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum May 07, 2011
When we went here, we expected to pay full price; fortunately, there was a group going in at the same time, and they had more coupons than they needed, so they gave us one, which greatly reduced the price to get in.

There is much to do here, and you need to give yourself a full day to enjoy it, something that may be difficult, given the fact that the Saguaro National Park and Old Tucson Studios are also in the area, and both of those may also be full day events.

You could say that this is just another zoo, but it is also so much more, making it a much more interesting destination than just a normal zoo, and worth it if you are in the Tucson area.
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Lura Lura
1 reviews
Jun 14, 2007
The ASDM is an amazing place to visit. Much of what is great is covered in the other two comments, but if you are visiting during the summer, I would recommend you go in th evening. During the summer months, the museum is open late. Not only is it much cooler to go in the evening hours, but more of the animals are awake and there are many docents showing off insects and scorpions, bats, etc. I would definitely recommend it!
LillyOnTheMove LillyOnT…
4 reviews
Apr 30, 2007
The Desert Museum is more of a zoo, with many live animals native to the Arizona-Sonora desert.

Make sure you bring plenty of water and come early in the day if you come during the summer (which I don't recommend!). Spring and fall are the best times of year to come to Tucson, and will provide the best chance to see the animals moving around at the Desert Museum.
Amanda Amanda
83 reviews
Sep 11, 2006
On the outskirts of Tucson lies The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. No one should ever go to Tucson without a visit to this wonderful place!!

While the name of the place gives the impression of a "museum", that's the furthest thing from the truth. This beautiful area is actually a world renowned zoo, and a fantastic botanical garden, all in one. Approximately 85% of the attractions you'll see are outdoors; only 15% will be inside.

The place is laid out and landscaped beautifully. You will walk around stunning paths surrounded by all the different plants and flowers that are found in the Sonora Dessert, and it's incredibly beautiful; it also smells incredible.

There are also a ton of animals here; mountain lions, black bears, gila monsters, Mexican wolves, a ton of different kinds of birds, and more.

This is a wonderful place to spend a day; especially if you go when it's not too hot. During the summer, I have to admit that it does detract from your enjoyment when you're roasting the way you will; but the fall and spring are the best.

Prices are really reasonable; depending on the time of year, it will range between $9 to $12 for adults, and children will be $2 to $4.

I'm not a big fan of normal zoos, but I really like this place a lot; it's a far more natural surrounding and with such lush vegetation it's just a beautiful place to spend a day!
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