Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is located in Tucson. It is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden. Exhibits re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert Region. The mission of the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.

The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum has enchanted millions of visitors with its exhibits of animals in astonishingly natural settings. At the same time, the Museum has gained a worldwide reputation in the scientific community as an institution committed to researching and protecting the land, plants, and the animals of the Sonoran Desert Region. Within the Museum grounds, there are more than 300 animal species and 1,200 varieties of plants. Almost 2 miles of paths are present traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert.

In addition, there is an extensive Sonoran Desert region gem, mineral, and fossil collection totaling 14,095 catalogued specimens. Some are on display at the Earth Sciences Center. The vertebrate paleontology collection contains the first and only significant dinosaur skeleton from Southern Arizona.

The Center for Sonoran Desert Studies conducts the educational and scientific functions of the Museum and is a hub for research, education and conservation of the Sonoran Desert Region. The Center’s activities range from on-grounds and outreach education programs for school children and adults, to conducting ecological research in the Sonoran Desert region.

The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum was founded in 1952 by William Carr and Arthur Pack. The Museum is regularly listed as one of the top ten zoological parks in the world because of its unique approach in interpreting the complete natural history of a single region, which in this case is the Sonoran Desert and adjacent ecosystems.

Go to the Desert Sonoran Museum Website for more information on this Arizona jewel.