Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

One of our favorite places to visit in Tucson is the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. We're supporting members and like to visit once every 2-3 months, mostly to see if the raccoon is doing something adorable like washing rocks.

Husband's parents and brother visited over the Memorial Day weekend and one of the places we showed them was of course the ASDM!


Raccoon playing in the water at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ
The raccoon was up and about but this time he was in the water clanking around with a metal bowl!

Raccoon at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ

Raccoon at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ
He definitely looks like he's up to something suspicious!


A rare and special exhibit.... this one was only there temporarily though!

Owl at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ

There were two Mexican wolves frolicking with one another. Actually, a lot of the animals were pretty active compared to when husband and I visit in the afternoons. So the best time to visit is early in the morning, right when the museum opens, and late, late in the evenings when the museum has late summer hours.

Mexican wolf at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ

Mexican wolf at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ

There were quite a few large lizards around the museum...  I don't think they were part of the exhibits.  I think they just strolled in from the desert.  We actually have a resident lizard at our community so these guys must be everywhere.

Lizard at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ

Lizard at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ

Lizard and bear at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ
Even the bear had a resident lizard (if you can see it behind the log at the front of the picture)!

Bear from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ

Coyote at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ
We usually hear coyotes howling two or three times a day (evenings, a little after midnight and early mornings) and every once in a while we'll see one trotting around our community.

Frog at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ
Poisonous frog?  It seems like nearly everything is poisonous, prickly or packs a mean bite down here in Arizona!

Coati at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ
The Coati even made a rare appearance!

Bird with chicks nesting at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ

Falcon at the the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

Address: 2021 N Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ 85743
Fees: $19.50 (18-64), $17.50 (65+), $15.50 (13-17), $6 (4-12)
Hours: Oct - Feb 8:30am - 5pm, Mar - Sept 7:30am - 5pm, June - Aug Sun - Fri 7:30am - 5pm Sat - 7:30am - 10pm
Website: desertmuseum.org

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