Cool Summer Nights
Open till 10:00 p.m. Saturday
May 30 - September 12, 2020

Regular Admission Rates Apply

The Desert Museum is lovely during the day, but it’s even cooler after dark! Join us every Saturday night throughout the summer 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. Bring your flashlight and explore, grab a local beer and wander, experience a live animal encounter, scamper in Packrat Playhouse, feel the touch of a stingray, or participate in special nightly activities. See the schedule below for weekly themes.

Dining options

The Mountain House Gift Shop (near the entrance) is open until 10:00 p.m., and the Ironwood Gift Shop (near the restaurant complex) is open until 9:30 p.m.

Skip the Line

Pro tip: On Cool Summer Nights, Packrat Playhouse can reach capacity quickly! We suggest that you head there first and sign up for a time slot to guarantee your playtime.

Pro tip: Arrive early for the best parking!

Some exhibits close early for safety reasons or so that the animals can rest. The Walk-in Aviary, Hummingbird Aviary, Desert Loop Trail (coyote, javelina), Botanical Gardens, Bee Exhibit, People & Pollinators, and the Labyrinth Garden close at the following seasonal times:

Check back in Spring 2020 for the Weekly Theme and Activity List!

Mother and child in pushchair, walking the grounds

Couple observing the sunset
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