COVID-19 Coronavirus Information

The well-being of our guests, volunteers, employees, and the animals in our care is of paramount importance. The Desert Museum is taking the potential risks of COVID-19, and the recommendations of trusted scientists, public health organizations, and governing authorities seriously. With this in mind, the Museum is temporarily closed to public visitors and education and public programs will be cancelled or postponed.

Zookeepers will remain working on-site and continue to provide the highest quality animal care without disruption. We are communicating with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), our national accrediting organization, to follow best practices while keeping staff safe.

Please be assured that we are evaluating the national and local circumstances continuously and will consider potential changes as new information is available. Updates will be shared via e-mail, social media, and at

We understand this closure has interrupted plans for our valued members and guests and appreciate your understanding during this challenging time. We hope to continue to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by welcoming guests again soon at The Desert Museum.

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Many of you have asked how you can support us during this time of closure. As a non-profit, we appreciate any amount you can give!

Smiling family of three (mother, child, father) are shown holding hands as they leave the Desert Museum after a visit. Behind them, many other guests are visible on the front patio area.