Arizona-sonora Desert Museum482 Votes Currently Closed
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museumconsists of over 97 acres of land and most of its ‘exhibits’ are located in the outdoors-giving you a rare peak of over 230 animals, reptiles, insects, birdsand amphibians which are native to Arizona.
The museum also has an Aquarium with fishes that arenative to this part of the world and asalt-water gallery that showcases marine life in the Gulf of California.
- Underground cave with stalactites and stalagmites which is a part of the Earth Sciences Center along with regional mineral collection.
- The Warden Aquarium
The museum has a gift shop and restaurant where you can relax after a long day in the outdoors.
Entrance Ticket Details For Arizona-sonora Desert Museum
- General Admission (ages 13-64): USD 20.50
- Senior (ages 65+): USD 18.50
- Children (ages 3-12): USD 8.00
- Children (under 3): Free
- Military (active/retired): USD 16.50
- Arizona/Sonora Resident (ages 13+): USD 15.50
Arizona-sonora Desert Museum Hours
- Extended hours and special programming for families as part of our Cool Summer Nights program.
How to Reach Arizona-sonora Desert Museum
- By Car
- By Taxi
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66.39% of people who visit Tucson include Arizona-sonora Desert Museum in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
92.81% of people start their Arizona-sonora Desert Museum visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Arizona-sonora Desert Museum
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Arizona-sonora Desert Museum
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Reviews & Ratings
Absolutely stunning, honestly I would’ve paid twice as much for the experience. It was gorgeous and the staff were so friendly and helpful, I definitely recommend. We got there at about 1:30pm and I didn’t realize how fast time passed and we were walking on the dirt paths and a staff member came and said they were closing up shop soon and I looked down at my watch and it was 5pm. I could’ve stayed all day and all night, Beautiful place!
This is a must go place to anyone visiting or even living in the Tucson area. The grounds are beautiful and well maintained. The wildlife is amazing and well marked. There is plenty of shaded places but be sure to bring sunscreen and water. Place is great for both kids and adults. They have stingrays now that you can pay a small fee to interact with.
The walk around the park is fairly simple and with lots of great options to engage with the exhibits or just step out of the sun for a bit. We loved getting up close and personal with a couple of the animals and even managed to pet a few sting Ray's. We could have spent the entire day here it ran out of time and didn't get to see everything. We will definitely be going back! Pricing was not terrible either like some other zoos we've been to.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum was an awesome experience. Located in the middle of the Saguaro National Park, it was a nice cherry on the top of an early morning sunrise hike. We got there right before they opened at 7:30 to take advantage of the cooler morning. By the time we left at 9:30 it was already pushing 90°. I would describe this place as a living natural history museum. Mostly outdoors, you walk from exhibit to exhibit. My wife and I particularly enjoyed the aviary, the hummingbirds and the cave exhibit.
This is one of my favorite places to take visitors but also just to go by myself. It’s serene and beautiful and highlights all the best parts of the Sonoran desert. Their summer night program is one of the best things Tucson has on tap in the summer - really well done evening programming that I look forward to every year. I’ve also taken one of their behind the scenes tours and really enjoyed that as well. Hands down at the top of my top five things to do in Tucson.