Things to See and Do

The Desert Museum's gardens showcase the Sonoran Desert's vibrant ecosystem and represent a variety of biotic communities found within the Sonoran Desert region.
Live Animal Presentations
Live Animal Presentations
Experience the thrill of free flying birds of prey at the Raptor Free Flight, attend one of the theater demonstrations, or chat with a docent interpreting a live animal.
Docent Tours and Demos
Make the most of your visit with a tour or interpretive demonstration from a docent, who will introduce you to the wonders of the Sonoran Desert region.
Packrat Playhouse
Kids of all ages get to climb through prickly pear cactus pads and slide down cholla skeleton ribs!
Stingray Touch
Visitors are able to create their own moments with these captivating creatures at our Stingray Touch experience.
Warden Aquarium
Rivers to the Sea comprises two galleries featuring fresh and salt water species including those from the Gulf of California.
Reptile, Amphibian & Invertebrate Hall
Explore the region's amazing bio-diversity in a climate-controlled gallery.
NASA Exhibit
Earth Sciences Center
Learn the region's geology in this cool, replica limestone cave. Examine minerals from the Museum's extensive collection. Check out the new exhibit revealing large-scale changes on Earth through videos from space.
Ancient Arizona
Ancient Arizona
Investigate prehistoric Arizona and learn about the Museum's own dinosaur — Sonorasaurus.
Mountain Lion
Mountain Woodland
This Mexican Pine-Oak woodland habitat features a mountain lion, white-tailed deer, Mexican gray wolves, thick-billed parrots, a Merriam's turkey, an American kestrel, and a Black bear.
Prairie Dogs
Desert Grassland
Stroll through towering soap tree yuccas and a variety of desert grasses interspersed with desert shrubs and succulents. Prairie dogs and Great Blue Heron ahead!
Hikers on the trail
Desert Loop Trail
Encounter javelinas, coyotes, and lizards in natural settings, while learning about agave plants and native Palo Verde trees.
Antelope Squirrel
Life on the Rocks
A multi-species exhibit providing an in-depth look at the habitat and species most often encountered amidst Tucson's rocky slopes. Striped skunks, a roadrunner, frogs, snakes and lizards are featured.
Cat Canyon
View bobcats, a porcupine, a grey fox, and an ocelot in natural settings.
River Otter
Riparian Corridor
See a river otter, beavers, bighorn sheep, coatis, fishes and aquatic invertebrates.
Walk-in Aviary
Enjoy 20 species of native birds in this tranquil setting.
Entrance to Life Underground
Life Underground
Discover how cool life is underground for a variety of desert species. Visit with a ringtail, kit fox, and other burrowing animals.
Hummingbird Aviary
Experience the antics of multiple hummingbird species! Bring your cameras as the birds seem to pose for photos!
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