Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

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Location: 22 km west of Tucson on Kinney Rd., in Tucson Mountain Park.
Open: MAR to MAY daily 7:30-17.
JUN to AUG Mon-Fri, Sun 7:30-17, Sat 7:30-22.
SEP daily 7:30-17.
OCT to FEP daily 8:30-17.
Fee: MAY to OCT: Adults USD 9, Children (6-12) USD 2, Children (0-5) free.
NOV to APR: Adults USD 12, Children (6-12) USD 4, Children (0-5) free.
Classification: SubterraneaCave Replica
Light: LightIncandescent Electric Light System
Guided tours: V=550,000/a.
Address: Route 9, Box 900, 2021 North Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ 85743-9719, Tel: +1-520-833-1380. E-mail: contact
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01-SEP-1952 museum founded.
1973 Earth Science Center with underground artificial cave added.


The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (ASDM) is a combination of zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden. This private museum has exhibits in botany, zoology, and geosciences, where the visitor feels like a part of the environment. It concentrates on the Sonoran Desert, which is an arid region covering parts of the United States and México.

The entrance to the artificial cave appears like a dry canyon or wash. The cave itself consists of a dry cave and a wet cave. There are dioramas of rocks, minerals and ming and a crawlway. The formations are made of fiberglass or a special cement. They look really realistic.