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Visiting Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Tucson

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Discover the interpretation of the natural history, animals and plants of the Sonora Desert at the Arizona- Sonora Desert Museum. If you want to have a mesmerising experience of a desert, then come, and explore the variety of species of natural habitats that will make you fall in love with this beautiful outdoor museum.

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A memorable experience in Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

A memorable experience in Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Digital library

Digital library

The digital library in the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum treasures thousands of amazing photographs of plants and animals. It is an attractive site with a kid's section which offers videos, games and animal sounds for your children. Another interactive section of the museum is the plant phenology section where visitors can admire specific species of plants and compare them. There is also a 'Time of Year' which allows visitors to select a date to view different species of flowers. The future dates provide average temperature and the chance of precipitation whereas past dates give precipitation and temperature data.

Docent Stations

Docent Stations

Docent stations are located throughout the museum with trained naturalist volunteers. At these stations, docents offer presentations with birds, live reptiles, mammals or with skeletons, animal skulls or fossil remains. Some stations depict the geology of the Sonora Desert combining semi-precious stones and rock formations. Tours are also available via the museum's website through advance reservations.

Life on the rocks

Life on the rocks

It is a multi-species exhibit in the region that focuses on the habitat and species of flora and fauna most often encountered throughout the rocky slopes in the region. Some of the enclosures are mesh-topped with natural vegetation and soils while others are grass-fronted spaces or cutaway borrows in simulated soil banks. The homes of many individual species are embedded inside the rocks with lots of underground burrows that are visible to the visitors.

Mineral Collection Tour

Mineral Collection Tour

The museum's permanent collection of minerals has been renowned as the finest collection of minerals all over the world. The collection occupies the museum's narrow focus of attention from the Sonora Desert region of Arizona, Baja, and Sonora, California.

Mountain Habitat

Mountain Habitat

The lower mountain slopes and foothills of the Sonora desert are wooden with pines and oaks, a mixture of temperate deciduous forest and coniferous forest. The oaks are evergreen species. This Madrean evergreen woodland is also known as Mexican oak-pine woodland. It extends to the north and central Arizona where it experiences cool temperate Rocky Mountain forests and more desert and arid grasslands below. This semiarid community experiences a dry season in spring.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Tucson Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

Children under three years of age get free tickets. However, the rates vary according to the ages. You can book the tickets through this website and get your hands on some amazing deals and offers.

How To Get Around?

The museum is primarily a walking experience of almost two miles of path on 21 acres of land. Wheelchairs and strollers are available for the visitors on the basis of first come first serve basis. Electronic scooters are also available to relax your foot from long walks.

What Should I Wear?

Comfortable attire provides a leisure trip. A pair of pants with a top makes for a perfect combination. Pair light shade outfits with boots. Flip-flops, shoes and flat sandals are best suited for pedestrian excursions. Avoid wearing high heels. In addition to this, you can include a floppy hat, a pair of sunglasses and hand tissues to wipe sweat.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Tucson Facts

Best Time to Visit

The museum is open every day of the year. The icon time is from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. It normally takes at least two hours to travel the whole museum. It is recommended to arrive before 4:00 p.m. as no discount is granted on late entries.


The currency is US Dollar.

Will I Need a Guide?

No. This website is the best guide for touring the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum with complete and comprehensive details.

How To Get There?

Tuscon offers you six airlines with daily non-stop service to major connections around the world. Choose Tuscon International Airport for convenient and less stressful travel to the place. Trains and bus services are also available here.

Additional Info

Avoid planning your visit from May through September as the temperature may exceed 100- degree Fahrenheit. Pets are not allowed inside the premises of the museum. Smoking is prohibited outside the designated areas.

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