Planning Your Visit

Hours of Operation

What's Included in your Admission Fee?

We are open every day of the year!

October - February
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
March - September
7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Note: It normally takes at least two hours to see all that the museum has to offer. We recommend you arrive before 4:00 p.m. No discounts are granted for later admission.)
June - August
Sunday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays - 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.



Regular Pricing Seasonal Pricing
Nov 23-24
Dec 26-Jan 1
Feb 16-Mar 31
General Admission (ages 13-64) $21.95 $24.95
Senior (ages 65+) $19.95 $21.95
Children (ages 3-12) $8.95 $10.95
Children (under 3) FREE FREE
Military (active/retired) $17.95 $19.95
Arizona/Sonora Resident (ages 13+)

Proof of residence is required with a valid form of one of the following:

  • Arizona or Sonora, MX Driver’s License
  • Arizona or Sonora, MX State Issued I.D.
  • Arizona or Sonora, MX Vehicle Registration
$16.95 $18.95

Membership Rates

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For Your Comfort and Convenience

The Museum grounds include almost two miles of paths on 21 acres! Like many other zoos and museums, it is not always possible to see everything in one visit.

The Museum is primarily a walking experience. Wheelchairs and strollers are available on a first come first served basis. We also have electric scooters available.

Electric Scooters$20.00$25.00

All exhibits may be reached by wheelchair. Some paths are unpaved, and there are some hilly areas.


Two gift shops offer an excellent inventory of native products, jewelry, shirts and hats, pottery, children's items, books, gems and minerals, and other southwest merchandise.

Food & Refreshments

In addition to a small picnic area, we have two restaurants, a coffee bar and ice cream shop to satisfy your hunger. Special group menus are also available. Our Food & Refreshments pages have restaurant hours, menus and more details.

Water Bottles

In accordance with its conservation mission, the Museum eliminated the sale of water in disposable bottles on October 1, 2013. According to the Earth Policy Institute, about 30 billion bottles of water are consumed in the U.S. annually and only about 20% of these are recycled. Most empty water bottles end up in a landfill, but others end up in the oceans, waterways and landscapes where pieces of plastic can make it into foodwebs and harm wildlife.

The Museum already had water fountains available for bottle filling, and has installed new chilled and filtered water fountains with filling spigots for reusable water bottles.

Painters & Artists

The Art Institute located on grounds at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum hosts a large number of on-site art exhibits, classes and other artistic venues. Please refer to the Art Institute portion of this website for more information and rules for painting on grounds.


Smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, is prohibited outside of designated smoking areas. Designated smoking areas are noted on maps available at the Museum's ticket windows as well as our online map.


Pets are not allowed on the Museum grounds or parking lots. Only service animals are permitted.


Personal photography and filming on Desert Museum grounds is always permitted for non-commercial use. Written permission must be obtained from the Desert Museum to publish any images taken on Museum grounds.

If you are a photographer being paid by a client (engagement photoshoots, headshots, etc.), you will be required to pay admission and notify us that you are coming by emailing or calling 520-883-3073.

Please Note: Due to the safety of our animals and guests, the use of drones is strictly prohibited at the Desert Museum. Thank you for your cooperation!

Guidelines for Professional Photographers, Filmmakers and Videographers

For Your Comfort and Safety

About 85% of the Desert Museum is outdoors. Temperatures in the desert from May through September can exceed 100°F. During these months, plan your visit to avoid the heat of the day. The early morning hours are best for viewing the animals, many of whom are nocturnal or estivate during the day. On Saturdays (Memorial Day through Labor Day) either visit in the mornings or in the evenings for Cool Summer Nights activities.

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