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Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum is Open

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Thursday, October 1 2020 to Sunday, February 28 2021

Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum is OPEN
Winter Hours - October through February 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Location: Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum
Time: 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM
2021 N Kinney Rd
Tucson, Arizona

We’ve Reopened! To ensure the health of all guests, staff, and animals, we are limiting the number of guests allowed in the Museum and using advanced online ticketing. All guests, including members, must reserve tickets in advance at or (520) 883-2702.

Winter Hours:
October - February:
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Are you as hungry as a black bear? Enjoy relaxed dining in Ocotillo Café or chow down at Ironwood Terraces. Craving caffeine or sweets? We’ve got you covered. Enjoy coffee, ice cream, and various snacks at Phoebe’s Coffee Bar and The Cottonwood.


Strollers: $7.00 ($5.00 for members)
Wheelchairs: $8.00 ($7.00 for members)
Electric scooters: $25.00 ($20.00 for members)


Your ticket purchase directly supports the Desert Museum and our mission.
General Admission (ages 13-64): $21.95
Senior (ages 65+): $19.95
Youth (ages 3-12): $9.95
Children (under 3): Free
Desert Museum Members: Free
*seasonal pricing may apply


Military (active/retired): $17.95
Arizona/Sonora Resident (ages 13+): $17.95
*proof of eligibility is required
*seasonal pricing may apply

It typically takes at least two hours to see all that the Museum has to offer. We recommend arriving before 4:00 p.m. to make the most of your visit.  What is there to see?

  • Gardens - The Desert Museum's gardens showcase the Sonoran Desert's vibrant ecosystem and represent a variety of biotic communities found within the Sonoran Desert region.
  • Stingrays - Rivers to the Sea comprises two galleries featuring fresh and salt water species including those from the Gulf of California. rs are able to create their own moments with these captivating creatures at our Stingray experience
  • Reptile, Amphibian & Invertebrate Hall - Explore the region's amazing bio-diversity in a climate-controlled gallery.
  • Earth Sciences Center - Learn the region's geology in this cool, replica limestone cave. Examine minerals from the Museum's extensive collection. Check out the new exhibit revealing large-scale changes on Earth through videos from space
  • Ancient Arizona - Investigate prehistoric Arizona and learn about the Museum's own dinosaur — Sonorasaurus
  • Mountain Woodland - This Mexican Pine-Oak woodland habitat features a mountain lion, mule deer, Mexican gray wolves, a porcupine, and a Black bear.
  • Desert Grassland - Stroll through towering soap tree yuccas and a variety of desert grasses interspersed with desert shrubs and succulents. Prairie dogs and Great Blue Heron ahead
  • Desert Loop Trail - Encounter javelinas, coyotes, and lizards in natural settings, while learning about agave plants and native Palo Verde trees.
  • Life on the Rocks - A multi-species exhibit providing an in-depth look at the habitat and species most often encountered amidst Tucson's rocky slopes. Striped skunks, a roadrunner, frogs, snakes and lizards are featured.
  • Cat Canyon - View bobcats, a gray fox, and an ocelot in natural settings.
  • Riparian Corridor -  ee a river otter, beavers, bighorn sheep, coatis, fishes and aquatic invertebrates.
  • Walk-in Aviary - Enjoy 20 species of native birds in this tranquil setting.
  • Life Underground - Discover how cool life is underground for a variety of desert species. Visit with a ringtail, kit fox, and other burrowing animals.
  • Hummingbird Aviary - Experience the antics of multiple hummingbird species! Bring your cameras as the birds seem to pose for photos!

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Upcoming Dates For This Event:
  • Thursday, October 1 to Sunday, February 28 2021
  • Saturday, February 27 to Tuesday, July 27 2021
  • Sunday, February 28 to Wednesday, July 28 2021
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