We've Missed You!

We (and the animals and plants) can’t wait to see you! We value the health and safety of our guests, staff, and animals. Because of this, we have made modifications to the Desert Museum experience following public guidance and health recommendations. Please be sure to review the FAQs before your visit.

Know Before You Go

Map To minimize contact, we encourage you to download a Museum map before you visit.
Mask Masks are required to enter and must be worn any time social distancing can not be maintained, including all indoor areas.
Ticket All guests, including members, must reserve tickets in advance. We are not accepting in-person payments at this time.
Distance Maintain social distance of 6 feet between other guests not in your party.

Help Us Keep The Museum Open for Tucson

Changes & Closures

During your visit, you will have access to outdoor exhibits. Certain indoor features will be closed, while others will be modified.

What We Are Doing to Keep You Safe

 Limiting daily attendance and requiring timed tickets
 Closing certain exhibits and modifying others
 One-way traffic in certain areas
 Requiring face masks for guests and staff members
 Increasing sanitation procedures
 Social distancing reminders around the Museum
 Hand sanitization stations and handwashing reminders throughout the Museum


For your health and safety, we are maintaining daily capacity restrictions to allow for proper social distancing. We will not be accepting payments in-person at this time. Please visit our online store or contact Guest Services to make a reservation.

Ticket reservations can also be made over the phone with our Guest Services team by calling (520) 883-1380, available 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily.

To maintain a safe daily capacity, tickets and member reservations are date-specific. If you are unable to visit on the date purchased, please contact Guest Services. We will be happy to adjust your reservation date, or refund your purchase if necessary.

Yes, members are also required to make a date-specific reservation for all members of their party (including guests) in advance of their visit. Member reservations must be presented with your membership card and guest tickets (if applicable) for entry. Walk-up visitation can be accommodated for members only if capacity allows. Please keep in mind, we will not be accepting payments in-person at this time.

Yes! All Desert Museum memberships have been extended to account for the time the Museum was closed. Please see details below to determine your new expiration date.

  1. Memberships renewed or purchased while the Museum was closed (March, April, May, or June 2020) expire on 9/30/2021.
  2. Memberships that expired in March, April, or May 2020 without renewal have been reinstated, now expiring on 9/30/2020.
  3. Memberships currently due to expire June 2020 through February 2021 have been extended for 3 months. (Example: June 2020 expiring is now valid through September 2020, July 2020 now valid through October 2020, etc.)

Yes! Guest passes with expiration dates printed March, April, May, June, or July 2020 will be accepted through September 2020. Don't forget! Reservations are required for all members and member guests, and guest passes must be presented for entry.

Mobility rentals are now available for advance reservation as well on a first come, first served basis. You may reserve your rental online or by contacting Guest Services. Mobility rentals are very limited — rentals will each be rented only once per day to allow for proper sanitation between guests.

If you are unable to visit on the date purchased, please contact Guest Services. We will be happy to adjust your reservation date, or refund your purchase if necessary.

Outside food and beverages are not permitted inside the Museum, however there is a picnic ramada available near the front entrance. We are also conveniently located next to picnic areas in Tucson Mountain Park. Both restaurants will be open daily with modifications. The water fountains will be shut off, so please plan accordingly.

Please review our changes in closures here.

Masks are required to enter the Museum and must be worn any time social distancing cannot be maintained including in all indoor areas. While the nature of our vast grounds generally make social distancing very achievable, there may be times when you cannot always remain more than 6 feet from others not in your party. Because of this, it is important that you have a mask for these circumstances in order to comply with the Pima County mandate regarding masks.

Yes, restrooms will be open and hand sanitizing stations will be available around grounds. You can see the locations here.

Please note: we are committed to keeping you healthy and safe, but we cannot guarantee you won’t be exposed to COVID-19 and visiting means that you accept this risk. We rely on you to protect yourself and others too.

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