Things to See and Do — Museum Exhibits and Experiences

Live Animal Presentations
Live Animal Theater Program
Join our animal keepers for an informal 25-30 minute live animal presentation.
Raptor Free Flight
Raptor Free Flight
Experience birds flying completely untethered in the natural beauty of the Sonoran Desert.
Avian Adventures
Avian Adventures
Exclusive opportunity to meet special birds that are not currently flying in our Raptor Free Flight program.
Docent Tours and Demos
Make the most of your visit with a tour or interpretive demonstration from a docent, who will introduce you to the wonders of the Sonoran Desert region.
Stingray Touch
Visitors are able to create their own moments with these captivating creatures at our Stingray experience.
Packrat Playhouse
Kids of all ages get to climb through prickly pear cactus pads and slide down cholla skeleton ribs!
The Desert Museum's gardens showcase the Sonoran Desert's vibrant ecosystem and represent a variety of biotic communities found within the Sonoran Desert region.
Warden Aquarium
Rivers to the Sea comprises two galleries featuring fresh and salt water species including those from the Gulf of California.
NASA Exhibit
Earth Sciences Center
Learn the region's geology in this cool, replica limestone cave. Examine minerals from the Museum's extensive collection.
Antelope Squirrel
Life on the Rocks
A multi-species exhibit providing an in-depth look at the habitat and species most often encountered amidst Tucson's rocky slopes.
Turkey Vulture
Vulture Culture
An entertaining exhibit displaying intriguing facts about this oft-misunderstood bird.
Cat Canyon
View a variety of small mammals in natural settings.
River Otter
Riparian Corridor
See a river otter, beavers, bighorn sheep, fishes and aquatic invertebrates.
Mountain Lion
Mountain Woodland
This Mexican Pine-Oak woodland habitat features a mountain lion, mule deer, Mexican gray wolves, and a Black bear.
Prairie Dogs
Desert Grassland
Stroll through towering soap tree yuccas and a variety of desert grasses interspersed with desert shrubs and succulents. Prairie dogs and Great Blue Heron ahead!
Hikers on the trail
Desert Loop Trail
Encounter javelinas, coyotes, and lizards in natural settings, while learning about agave plants and native Palo Verde trees.
Hummingbird Aviary
Experience the antics of multiple hummingbird species! Bring your cameras as the birds seem to pose for photos!
Reptile, Amphibian & Invertebrate Hall
Explore the region's amazing bio-diversity in a climate-controlled gallery.
Ancient Arizona
Ancient Arizona
Investigate prehistoric Arizona and learn about the Museum's own dinosaur — Sonorasaurus.
Whistling duck and duckling
Birds of the Sonoran Desert
This large free-flight aviary features a variety of species native to the Sonoran Desert region.
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