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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson

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A combination zoo, botanic garden, and natural history museum, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum features over 3 km (2 mi) of walking paths crisscrossing nearly 9 hectares (21 acres) of desert landscapes. Home to more than 230 animal species and 1,200 varieties of plants, the museum focuses on the interpretation and presentation of the natural history and diverse plant and animal life of the Sonoran Desert. Often called "the lushest desert on earth," this region shelters a range of habitats benefiting from the desert's bi-seasonal rainfall. The museum gardens display the varied ecosystems of cacti, agaves, grasslands, and yucca, while the zoo area features wildlife ranging from coyotes, bears, and mountain lions to hummingbirds and rattlesnakes. Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Tucson using our trip planner.
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  • I have been a long-time fan of the Museum but a recent visit was just okay. The first thing is that boy, have prices gone up. $30 a person seems high to me (and even the senior discount isn't... 
    I have been a long-time fan of the Museum but a recent visit was just okay. The first thing is that boy, have prices gone up. $30 a person seems high to me (and even the senior discount isn't...  more »
  • Really lovely Museum, plenty to do and lots to learn about the area, the desert and the animals. Highly recommended. 
    Really lovely Museum, plenty to do and lots to learn about the area, the desert and the animals. Highly recommended.  more »
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  • What a great out door adventure, amusement, activity! This museum will definitely have you engaged for hours and hours. Definitely visit hours before closing unless you're just going to the gift shop. The animals, the design the knowledge available and gain will be forever treasured! I had a blast with my family. Honestly the apprehension made it the adventure very suspenseful and rewarding! I think tour guides should be available for this type of museum. It will definitely take the adventure from Great to Extraordinary!!!!
  • This is one of the nicest museums I have ever visited. Entry is expensive, but you can tell they really use that money to maintain the premises. The bathrooms were clean and even had sunblock dispensers. The staff was very friendly and helpful. One of the highlights was the raptor flight demonstration. I really enjoyed watching the birds and learning about how unique the Harris hawks are in the bird world. The variety of cactus and other desert plants was another highlight. I had no idea there was such a variety of life in the desert. If you're in the area, this museum is definitely worth a visit.

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