Hello, and welcome to Tucson 360! Look around, because this is a 360-degree video providing you a unique look at The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. This wonderful attraction is located 14 miles west of Tucson in the Tucson Mountain Park at 2021 N. Kinney Rd. just 2 miles from the Saguaro National Park (West) Visitors Center. This short immersive 360-degree video includes 13 different views of this world-class museum. This is a small sample of this magnificent attraction, which should be visited to be truly appreciated. Feel free to pause and look around with your mouse, swipe with your finger or, if you're on a smartphone, you may be able to look around as if you are standing here with us.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum was founded in 1952 and is widely recognized throughout the world as a model institution for innovative presentation and interpretation of native plants and animals featured together in ecological exhibits. The Museum is regularly listed as one of the top ten zoological parks in the world due to its unique approach in interpreting the complete natural history of a single region (in our case this is the Sonoran Desert and adjacent ecosystems).
A visit will forever alter your definition of a museum as 85% of what you will experience is outdoors. The grounds are comprised of 97 acres of which 47 are developed and curated; there are two miles of walking paths, 16 individual gardens, 1,200 native plant species, and 56,000 individual plants.
The animal collection currently includes 230 native mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and birds including a multi-species hummingbird aviary.
Daily events on-grounds include complimentary interpretive orientation tours, animal keeper interactions where visitors can watch feedings, enrichment activities or animal training sessions, and docent engagement stations.
BRING WATER! The Museum grounds include almost two miles of paths on 21 acres! In accordance with its conservation mission, the Museum eliminated the sale of water in disposable bottles in 2013. The Museum already had water fountains available for bottle filling and has installed new chilled and filtered water fountains with filling spigots for reusable water bottles.
Additional information such as contact information, hours of operation and admission prices are listed below.
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The museum is open every day!
October - February
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
March - September
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Note: It normally takes at least two hours to see all that the museum has to offer. We recommend you arrive before 4:00 p.m. No discounts are granted for later admission.)
June - August
Sunday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays - 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
General Admission (ages 13-64) $21.95
Senior (ages 65+) $19.95
Children (ages 3-12) $8.95
Children (under 3) FREE
Military (active/retired) $17.95
Arizona/Sonora Resident (ages 13+) $16.95
Proof of residence is required with a valid form of one of the following:
Video Date: April 23-24, 2019
Video by: Tucson Happenings Magazine, All rights reserved
Narration by: David Francis
Edited by: David Francis
Music: Nice and Easy by audionautix.com