Open Saturday Nights in July

The Desert Museum is lovely during the day, but it's even cooler after dark! Join us every Saturday night in July to beat the heat while learning something neat! The desert comes alive at night as nocturnal animals awake. Watch an incredible sunset turn into dark skies sprinkled with stars. Make sure to bring your flashlight and explore, grab a local beer and wander, and spend time with our stingrays and other creatures of the night. Reserve Your Tickets Now!
Reopening FAQs

We are open again and we (and the animals and plants) can't wait to see you! We value the health and safety of our guests, staff, and animals. Because of this, we have made modifications to the Desert Museum experience following public guidance and health recommendations.  The Desert Museum experience will look a little different during this time!  The most important thing is to reserve your ticket in advance. Read Our Reopening FAQs!

Do you think the Desert Museum is the best zoo in the United States? We were hand-picked by a panel of zoo and family travel experts for USA Today's Top 10 Best Zoos and Zoo Exhibits Award! Help us get to #1! In 2018, we took home the title of 3rd best zoo in the country. Can you help us climb to 1st place? You can vote daily to help us win. We appreciate the support and love! Voting ends on July 6 and winners will be announced on July 17.   Vote Today!
Desert Mu-Zoom

Want to party with a parrot or chat with a chuckwalla? Well now you can! Bring the Desert Mu-Zoom to your next birthday party, team meeting, or virtual gathering! Spice up any webinar with an animal appearance. You can choose to spend time with cacti, an owl, a snake, a chuckwalla, a porcupine, or a military macaw! Pricing starts at $100 per meeting. Don't forget to unmute - it'll be a hoot!  Spice Zoom Up Today!
Flower Friday
You know that amazing smell that engulfs the desert after it rains? The plant that helps create the scrumptious scent is the creosote bush (Larrea tridentata). The bush can survive two years without rain, making it the most drought-tolerant perennial plant in North America. Did you also know that it can be used to heal minor cuts and scrapes? This pungent plant's powers don't stop there! Its foliage provides refuge for crickets, grasshoppers, and other insects. Dig Deeper!

Volunteer Viernes

Although our volunteers are currently not at the Museum (the animals and plants miss them so much), we wanted to highlight a few of the incredible people we have the honor to work with. On the blog, they share with you why they volunteer their time and energy at the Desert Museum and what makes it so special. We really appreciate our volunteers. Things are not be the same without them. We look forward to the day when we can welcome them back.  Read Stories Here!
July 3, 2020