The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum was founded in 1952 by William Carr and Arthur Pack. The Sonora Desert Museum is a 98 acre mostly outdoors experience and is rated as one of the top ten museums in the country and Tucson’s number one rated attraction.
The museum consists of 21 interpreted acres with 2 miles of walking paths through desert habitats. There are 242 animal species, plants from 1,200 different species, and one of the worlds most comprehensive regional mineral collections.
The museum also features conservation and research programs, and an art institute. During your visit you may get the opportunity to experience a raptor free-flight program as they have demonstrations throughout the day for visitors. You will also get to see javelinas, “the darlings of the desert”.
The Sonoran Desert Museum is a great place to spend the day with family and friends, enjoy lunch in the cafe and shop in the gift shop that is loaded with desert art and gifts.
The museum is located just west of downtown Tucson over Gate Pass at: 2021 North Kinney Road. The phone number is 520-883-2702.