The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Updated: May 13, 2021
A quick drive from the Blenman Inn, the Desert Museum has been ranked on TripAdvisor.com as one of the Top 10 Museums in the country and the #1 Tucson attraction. Unlike most museums, about 85% of the experience is outdoors!
The 98 acre Desert Museum is a fusion of a zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, and natural history museum. Some fun facts about the museum:
There are 21 interpreted acres with two miles of walking paths through various desert habitats
You can find 242 animal species on the property
There are plants galore from 1,200 taxa — 56,000 individual specimens
The museum houses one of the world's most comprehensive regional mineral collections
Image courtesy of the Arizona -Sonora Desert Museum
Beyond merely an attraction, the Museum's conservation and research programs are providing important information to help conserve the Sonoran Desert region.
The Desert Museum's Art Institute further inspires conservation through art education and gallery exhibits.
We recommend visiting with a hat, comfortable walking shoes, water, and other sun protection to enjoy the full experience.
Summer Hours: March - September: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Winter Hours: October - February: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.