Sight, the workhorse of the five senses, puts in too many hours keeping man from falling in manholes. Reward the most overworked sense with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a one-year family membership to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. The membership includes two membership cards, and children or grandchildren younger than 17 also receive year-long access to the museum.
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum encourages conservation of the Sonoran region’s wildlife, facilitating human contact with as many 300 animal species and 1,200 types of plants. The museum, which is approximately 85% outdoors, features living exhibits that recreate the Sonoran Desert region’s natural landscape. Nearly two miles of paths spread across 21 acres of desert, letting you search for mountain lions, prairie dogs, men wearing bear costumes, and even endangered animals such as the Mexican wolf, ocelot, and Gila topminnow. The exhibits provide an accurate representation of the ecosystem by incorporating animals, plants, geological specimens, and actors playing drifters who only yell about wanting to eat pie.
Membership benefits also include three guest passes, advance notice of special events, a subscription to Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum News, a $40 discount on Art Institute classes and workshops, free use of the Desert Museum research library (which can be used to determine how many prairie dogs can fit in an open suitcase), and more. The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum intends to mend the modern-day rift between humans and complex ecosystems, and your membership fee helps support its educational programs, conservation efforts, and dedicated biological research.
Yelpers give the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum a nearly perfect 4.5-star average rating. Citysearchers give it a perfect five-star average, as do IgoUgo reviewers, who name it the #1 most popular thing to do in Tucson.
- This is a place that you have to check out if you are visiting Tucson. It's a zoo, it's a botanical garden, it's a museum, etc etc. It's fun for kids and adults alike to see just what kind of animals, plants, and critters the sonoran desert is home to. – Emily R., Yelp
- This is by far the best Tucson has to offer. It has history, a zoological nature as well as a museum. – ronstano, Citysearch
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Aiming to turn the museum concept inside-out, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum contains two miles of paths spread across 21 acres of desert, where animals such as sun-bathing lizards, bobcats, porcupine, and grey fox make their home. However, it is the fusion experience of a zoo, botanical garden, natural history museum, aquarium, and art gallery that has earned it a top-5 museum honor by TripAdvisor.
The museum's exhibits intend to display the shared natural habitats of plants, animals, and geology. As many as 230 native live animal species and 1,200 types of plants fill the museum's many exhibits, such as mountain lions, prairie dogs, and river otters, and nearly 20 endangered or threatened species. Birds of prey that roam the skies are the subject of a twice-daily seasonal presentation. The gardens feature over 56,000 individual plant specimens native to several biomes and ecosystems of the Sonoran Desert. Also exhibited is the skeleton of a Sonosaurus, recovered in southern Arizona.
After their stint outdoors, visitors can wander innovative indoor exhibits. Inside a cool, dark replica of a limestone cave glimmer more than 14,000 minerals and fossils, which includes a moon rock on loan from NASA. Amongst an underwater view of beavers' habitat and a venomous reptile presentation, the Warden Aquarium showcases the region's marine residents, and an art institute aims to promote conservation through dynamic visual art.
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