Where the Desert Comes Alive!
The Desert Museum is open daily, including all holidays!
Museum Hours & Rates
Just announced is the new MyGeoTrex™ iPhone application, a GPS-based smartphone app that provides more information about the exhibits in real-time as you explore the Museum grounds. Read more about the MyGeoTrex™ application here.
Raptor Free Flight - Daily from October 19, 2013 until April 20, 2014
Come experience the thrill of free flying birds of prey at the Raptor Free Flight. Raptor Free Flight is a dynamic bird of prey flight demonstration that occurs in the open desert showcasing natural behaviors of native birds. Raptor Free Flight demonstrations will occur, as bird and weather conditions allow, at 10:00 and 2:00.
Live & (sort of) On The Loose - Daily except Thursdays and Fridays
This live animal presentation is offered by the staff of the Herpetology department. These 30-45 minute programs take place in the Warden Oasis Theater at 12:15 p.m. except during other special events. So, be sure to check the museum's daily event board to confirm that this exciting program will take place!
Behind the Scenes Tours
Go "Behind-the-Scenes" at the Desert Museum. Take a tour designed for inquisitive individuals seeking more in-depth experiences. Select a tour to suit your individual interests or plan to experience all of them!
Summer Saturday Evenings
June - August 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Watch the Museum's professional keepers working with individual animals in training exercises, feedings or enrichment activities. Check the Plan Your Day board at the entrance patio for times and locations.
|Bird Walk Tours||8:30 a.m.|
|Interpretive Tours|| 9:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.
(No tours November 28th - December 1st 2013, resume December 2nd 2013)
(No tours December 18th 2013 - January 1st 2014, resume January 2nd 2014)
|Live Animal Interpretation||Varies throughout the morning hours|
(Bird Walks and Tours are contingent on docent availability and may not be conducted every day.)
The first Wednesday of the month, September through May, docents will not be available on grounds. Sorry for any inconvenience.
For Your Comfort and Convenience
The Museum grounds include almost two miles of paths on 21 acres! Like many other zoos and museums, it is not always possible to see everything in one visit.
The Museum is primarily a walking experience. Wheelchairs and strollers are available free of charge on a first come first served basis. We also have electric scooter wheelchairs available for $15 each. All exhibits may be reached by wheelchair. Some paths are unpaved, and there are some hilly areas.
Two gift shops offer an excellent inventory of native products, jewelry, shirts and hats, pottery, children's items, books, gems and minerals, and other southwest merchandise.
Food & Refreshments
In addition to a small picnic area, we have two restaurants, a coffee bar and ice cream shop to satisfy your hunger. Special group menus are also available. Our Food & Refreshments pages have restaurant hours, menus and more details.
In accordance with its conservation mission, the Museum will eliminate the sale of water in disposable bottles beginning October 1, 2013. According to the Earth Policy Institute, about 30 billion bottles of water are consumed in the U.S. annually and only about 20% of these are recycled. Most empty water bottles end up in a landfill, but others end up in the oceans, waterways and landscapes where pieces of plastic can make it into foodwebs and harm wildlife.
The Museum currently has water fountains available for bottle filling, and will be installing new chilled and filtered water fountains with filling spigots for reusable water bottles. Additionally, Ironwood Food Services, the Museum's food services provider, is installing three complimentary water-filling stations. It will also be offering low-cost, refillable BPA-free water bottles for sale for visitors who do not bring their own. Souvenir aluminum water bottles are also available at the Gift Shop.
Painters & Artists
The Art Institute located on grounds at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum hosts a large number of on-site art exhibits, classes and other artistic venues. Please refer to the Art Institute portion of this website for more information and rules for painting on grounds.
Smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, is prohibited outside of designated smoking areas. Designated smoking areas are noted on maps available at the Museum's ticket windows as well as our online map.
Pets are not allowed on the Museum grounds or parking lots. Only service animals are permitted.
Additional Travel Information
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