Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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  • 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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  • Claire L.
    Was an excellent day outing. It was all so gorgeous.I will say to not go on a super hot day and to pace yourself or book more than one day if you walk slower or a thorough reader.My family had a blast
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Tom K.
    Tom KaiglerMarch 18
    Raptor free flight is outstanding. Best time to visit is when they open. Many more animals are out and about then. Spring is the best time for wildflowers.
  • Susie G.
    Susie GouldsmithOctober 14, 2016
    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, 2016
    Cool gift store with some great views and historical info.
  • Brenda W.
    Brenda WebbApril 22, 2016
    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, 2016
    This was more fun than I expected!
  • Remco S.
    Remco ScheepmakerJanuary 17, 2016
    I took my best hummingbird pictures here!
  • Julie
    JulieJanuary 10, 2016
    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, 2016
    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 Feb 22
  • 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. 😄
    Upvoted Mar 26
  • 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....)
  • Beno Z.
    Beno ZenilNovember 13, 2011
    there are good trails to walk, dont forget your bottle of water
  • Rommel R.
    Rommel RomeroOctober 21, 2011
    walk walk walk, they have a wild areas
  • Inland K.
    Inland Kenworth of TucsonSeptember 23, 2011
    Great place to learn about the different kinds of deserts. Best to go in the morning or the afternoon.
  • Cynthia P.
    Cynthia PlattSeptember 14, 2011
    What an awesome museum, loves the prarie dogs
  • Tessie O.
    Tessie O'TalleyAugust 31, 2011
    Great place for photos and a walk.
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJuly 13, 2011
    Did you know? The museum’s native animal, plant, and geologic collections make it a unique institution, presenting the complete natural history of a single region, the Sonoran Desert. Read more
  • Jonna D.
    Jonna DouglasMarch 22, 2011
    During summer it is open after dark... because it gets cooler and more animals are out.
  • NASA
    NASAJanuary 11, 2011
    In 2010, NASA awarded the museum a 3 year grant to expand the educational programming for the Earth Camp Experience. The camp was established in memory of Columbia Space Shuttle Astronaut Laura Clark. Read more
  • Dan C.
    Dan CJanuary 1, 2011
    They have strollers for kids by the entrance which are free to use and very helpful for getting around the museum.
  • Jen K.
    Jen KarrNovember 12, 2010
    What a great place to see AZ plants and flowers and see animals in natural habitats. Don't miss the Raptor Free Flight or the Hummingbird House - both amazing. And super nice volunteers, too!
  • Ted R.
    Ted RivieraSeptember 16, 2010
    I been going here since I was years oldand it just keeps getting better and better.Now i don't suggest a day time vist in the summer.Cause it gets Hot out here ,if you don't mind the heat and bring
  • Missie L.
    Missie LongAugust 21, 2010
    The Desert Garden is a Must see as well as the Raptor Free Flight Program Read more
  • Adam K.
    Adam KincaidJune 18, 2010
    You could spend all day here and not be bored. The animals seem active and happy and the volunteers are very informative.
  • Raj S.
    Raj SubramaniamJune 2, 2010
    I like this place. Lot to explore. Kids have a nice time here. Planning to visit again
  • Sophie G.
    Sophie GermanMay 28, 2010
    Great place to explore after you finish the loop hike go to the Cottonwood snack shop and grab yourself a soft serve vanilla cone. Summer Saturday evenings start in June after 4pm w/ reduced admission Read more
  • Kimberly S.
    Kimberly SchmitzMarch 23, 2010
    Go to the Desert Museum early in the Summer. The animals are active then. Don't Miss Raptor Free Flight or Live & On the Loose programs. Read more
  • Darren M.
    Darren MurrayMarch 22, 2010
    A must do when in Tucson. Read more
  • John M.
    John MijacDecember 4, 2009
    A remarkable place for visitors and people moving to Tucson. Not a Museum, not an arboretum, not a zoo, but all three and much more. Great for a date or a day by yourself. Read more
  • Carlos L.
    Carlos Le MareSeptember 28, 2014
    Hay que visitarlo, esta muy bueno, sobre todo si no conoces la fauna local por que hay muchos animales peligrosos y es bueno saber distinguirlos
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