The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum differs from the traditional museum in which most of its collections are composed of living beings and the outdoors.

Named by one of the top 10 museums in the world, In the Museum of the Desert, the Sonoran Desert is exhibited and interpreted, considered by many the most exuberant desert in the world.

In the museum the experiences of the zoo, the botanical garden, the aquarium, the natural history museum and the art gallery are gathered. The interpretation of animals, plants, geology, climate and indigenous cultures takes place in a completely natural environment:

21 acres of land with 2 miles (3 kilometers) of trails 230 animal species 1,200 types of plants and 56,000 individual specimens One of the most complete regional mineral collections in the world.

In 2001, the museum's art gallery was inaugurated in order to inspire environmental conservation through the experience of the visual arts. In addition, the Museum's publishing division, ASDM Press, has printed more than 40 books and guides on natural and cultural history about the region.

The Desert Museum is recognized internationally for its leadership in conservationism and for being a role model for botanical gardens and zoos worldwide. It is one of the most respected natural history institutions in the country. The aim of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by promoting the love, appreciation and understanding of the Sonoran Desert.


Plan your visit


The museum is open every day of the year.

October to February: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 pm. March to September: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 pm.

Learn about upcoming museum events here.

$ 17.50

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Teenagers (13-17)

$ 15.50

> $ 6.00

Children and babies (under 4 years old)


Get discounts at the window. Discounts are offered to residents of Arizona and Sonora and to active members and retired members of the US military. There are restrictions.

Access and Mobility

The museum comprises nearly two miles (3km) of trails on 21 acres. As in other museums, it is not always possible to see everything in one visit.

Because the museum tour is mainly on foot, free wheelchairs and baby carriages and electric chairs are available for $ 25. All exhibits have access for people with disabilities. There are unpaved trails and raised areas, so it is recommended to wear comfortable and closed shoes. The museum's two gift shops offer an excellent selection of local products, jewelry, t-shirts, hats, pottery, children's products, books, stones and minerals and other merchandise.

of the American southwest.

Food and drink

The museum has two restaurants, a café, an area for picnics and an ice cream parlor where you can satisfy your appetite. There are special menus for large groups. Visit the Food & amp; Refreshments for viewing menus, schedules and additional information.


For its part, the Museum of the Desert has new sources of ice water and filtered with special keys for reusable water bottles. Ironwood Food Services, the museum's food service, has installed three water fountains for free and offers reusable and non-BPA water bottles at an economical price for visits without bottles. Aluminum bottles are also sold in the gift shop.


It is forbidden to smoke, even electronic cigarettes, outside the smoking areas indicated on the maps available in the window and our online map.


Pets are not allowed in the museum or in the parking lot unless they are service pets.

By car:

Traveling east: From I-10, take the Speedway Blvd exit and turn right. 12 miles away, turn right onto Kinney Road. Two and a half miles later, the Desert Museum will be on your left.

Westbound: From I-10, take the 29th Street exit. Take Frontage Road (the side street) north to Speedway Blvd and turn left. After 12 miles, turn right onto Kinney Road. After traveling two and a half miles, the Desert Museum will be on your left.

If you travel on a motorhome, bus or trailer, there are restrictions on the type of vehicles traveling on Gates Pass Road. As an alternative route, take the I-19 and then take the Ajo Way exit heading west. Follow Ajo Way for 8 miles until you reach Kinney Road and turn right. Continue on Kinney Road for seven and a half miles. The Desert Museum will be on your left.

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