Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Museum and Zoo
  • Lisa G.
    "Hummingbird aviary."(3 Tips)
    Leslie W.
    "See the raptor free flight program...very cool"(2 Tips)
    Debra L.
    "I can't get enough of The Sonora Desert Museum."(2 Tips)
    Susie G.
    "beautiful Sonora Desert."(2 Tips)
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  • Susie G.
    What an amazing museum! You get a great understanding and appreciation of the plants and animals that live in the beautiful Sonora Desert. It's a must see when visiting Tuscon.
  • Billy W.
    Billy WinickSeptember 4
    Cool gift store with some great views and historical info.
  • Brenda W.
    Brenda WebbApril 22
    Everything! My favorites are Prairie dog's, BigHorn Sheep. And if your a Arizona resident you get $5 off your ticket to get in! So then it's $15. Well worth either price!
  • Vicki N.
    Vicki NFebruary 19
    This was more fun than I expected!
  • Remco S.
    I took my best hummingbird pictures here!
  • Julie
    JulieJanuary 10
    Great way to spend the day! Mix of animals, plants, and geology. Also a great mix of a museum, botanical garden, and wildlife preserve. Highly recommended!
  • Amy B.
    Amy BJanuary 3
    Gem! Best tourist spot in Tucson area. Give yourself 2-3 hours.
  • Megan M.
    Megan MastersSeptember 26, 2015
    I feel betrayed. We didn't see any cats. I went for the puma & all I got was some high school kids geeking out on tarantula.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Dave H.
    Dave HNovember 19, 2014
    Awesome place to visit and a lot to see
  • R. I.
    R. ISeptember 26, 2014
    Great place to visit. Give yourself at least a couple of hours.
  • Robert U.
    Robert UAugust 17, 2014
    Night tours are great. Important tips: Take a flashlight and buy a black light flashlight so you can spot hidden insects.
  • David S.
    David SmithAugust 8, 2014
    During the summer, go at night. Different animals are active at night. Whole different experience
  • Austin T.
    Austin TeterAugust 7, 2014
    Go during the summer, they are open into the night and have special nighttime themes.
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GarciaJune 29, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Hummingbird aviary.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KarlbergMay 31, 2014
    So many different things to see: animals, reptiles...My family had a great time. All of the staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Only negative is they don't sell single waters to go..
  • Amanda N.
    Amanda NelsonMay 31, 2014
    Start your day early. It gets more than a little bit warm on the trails during the day!
  • Jim F.
    Jim FisherMay 7, 2014
    This place is great, especially the drive out there. Be sure to wear a hat and take advantage of the free sunscreen in the restrooms.
  • Sergio B.
    Sergio BorgfeldtMay 3, 2014
    Being lots of water and a wide brim hat. I like to carry a camelback packed with ice and water.
  • Ploy A.
    Ploy AtchayaApril 13, 2014
    Wow!! This is so nice. You could not miss to come check how's cool here. They have nice stuffs that you can tell you about there and answer your question. Don't forget take some WATER!!!
  • Gary M.
    Gary MillerMarch 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love the raptor bird show
  • Sarah E.
    Sarah EndresFebruary 9, 2014
    Go to the raptor show!
  • Hans W.
    Hans WorldTravelsJanuary 24, 2014
    Go early to see the young mountain lion rescued from Cali. He's active then. 😄
  • Garren K.
    Garren KatzNovember 25, 2013
    A wonderful experience. The rapture in flight exhibit is amazing!
  • Kayt L.
    Kayt LudiNovember 23, 2013
    An amazing place! Everyone should go :-)
  • Judy B.
    Judy BaileyNovember 18, 2013
    The animals are in their natural desert habitat. Very informative to those who know little of this area.
  • Kaitlin M.
    Kaitlin McIntoshNovember 16, 2013
    This is a great place to see and learn about all of the animals living in the Sonoran Desert. Tourists and natives alike will love this place. The animals are always out and it has hiking too.
  • JD
    JDAugust 31, 2013
    There is SunScreen in the Restrooms!
  • Jonna D.
    Jonna DouglasAugust 21, 2013
    Wear good walking shoes and a hat. If in summer, go very early or the night hours!
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkAugust 14, 2013
    This is a really unique little museum. Make sure you grab a map before you head out on the trails, otherwise you'll miss an exhibit. Check out the hummingbird aviary and bring your camera.
  • Leslie W.
    Leslie WiltJuly 30, 2013
    I love it, but it IS a tourist trap. Definitely cool for out-of-towners, but only once; after that it's a bit dull. See the raptor free flight program...very cool
  • Frederick J.
    Frederick JonesJuly 7, 2013
    Had a great time. People are friendly and the kids had a blast. They each ran into friends from church there.
  • Amanda R.
    Buy the souvenir cups. They are free refill as long as you have it. Bought them last year and just refilled them this year.
  • Lori S.
    Lori SnyderJune 2, 2013
    What a beautiful place. Birds, cacti, plants, and other amazing animals
  • Jason S.
    Jason SchlueterMay 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The new Sea of Cortez exhibit is very awesome.
  • Laura F.
    Laura FMarch 24, 2013
    Catch the Raptor free flight show, really cool 
  • Terri S.
    Terri SinclairMarch 16, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Get to the big animals early in the morning when they are fed, so they are more active.
  • Safelite AutoGlass
    Safelite AutoGlassFebruary 27, 2013
    Great road trip stop: pack a picnic lunch to enjoy the outdoors at this combo zoo/garden/art gallery/natural history museum!
  • Sean M.
    Sean MendozaJanuary 25, 2013
    Cantil (Mexican Pit Viper)
  • Sean M.
    Sean MendozaJanuary 25, 2013
    Sleeping Mountain Lion!
  • Sean M.
    Sean MendozaJanuary 25, 2013
    Chihuahuan Raven.
  • Kathy V.
    Kathy ValleeJanuary 15, 2013
    All classes take place at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's Art Institute facilities in Tucson, AZ. Classes include: water color, pencil drawing, and photography.
  • Cindy P.
    Cindy PetersenDecember 30, 2012
    Wonderful museum. Try to find a docent to guide you to enjoy full experience
  • Debra L.
    Debra LongOctober 15, 2012
    I have been here many times. I can't get enough of The Sonora Desert Museum. It's beauty. What it represents to us nature lovers. Everyone should experience this at least one time, if not more. I do!
  • Ross D.
    Ross DAugust 19, 2012
    During the summer, they have special nighttime hours on Saturdays! Totally different experience!
  • JK G.
    JK GrenceJuly 3, 2012
    Wear a bright red shirt. Have a seat in the hummingbird aviary. Sit completely still for a few minutes. Marvel at the curious hummingbirds buzzing you.
  • Doug B.
    Doug BaerJune 23, 2012
    Members get free coffee or tea at the coffee shop!
  • Dave L.
    Dave LeachMay 27, 2012
    Don't lean into that cactus, no matter how good the picture is.
  • Kathy M.
    Kathy MillerFebruary 29, 2012
    Great place to see mountain views, cacti, snakes, flowers and good ice cream!
  • Marcia S.
    Marcia SmyrakJanuary 31, 2012
    The free flying raptor show is a MUST SEE.
  • Allison
    AllisonJanuary 30, 2012
    Sunscreen dispensers in the bathroom, just in case you forgot yours (like I did....)
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