We’re open! Masks are required at all times. All guests, including members, must reserve tickets in advance. For your safety, our experience has been modified. Learn more.

Open ‘til 9:00 p.m.
Saturday nights in March 2021

The Desert Museum is lovely during the day, but it’s even cooler after dark! Join us Saturday nights in March until 9:00 p.m. to beat the heat while learning something neat! The desert comes alive at night as nocturnal animals awake. Bats perform aerial acrobatics in pursuit of dinner, beavers splash around in their pond, and scorpions glow green under black light. Watch an incredible sunset turn into dark skies sprinkled with stars. Make sure to bring your flashlight and explore, grab a local beer and wander, and spend time with our stingrays and other creatures of the night.

Please note: the Aviaries and Life on the Rocks exhibit will close at 6:00 p.m. The gardens and Desert Loop Trail will close at sunset.

The Desert Museum experience will look a little different during this time! 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 our Know Before You Go page before your visit.

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Want the best Desert Museum nighttime experience? We recommend arriving around late afternoon to stroll along the Desert Loop Trail, beautiful botanical gardens, and through our Aviaries and Life on the Rocks before they close for the evening!

Want to play Backyard Diversity Bingo? You can download and print the bingo sheets before your visit!

Like to take photos? Try our #mydesertmuseum March Nights Photo Challenge!

Mother and child in pushchair, walking the grounds
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