The Desert Museum is ranked on TripAdvisor.com as one of the Top 10 Museums in the country and the #1 Tucson attraction. Unlike most museums, about 85% of the experience is outdoors! The 98 acre Desert Museum is a fusion experience: zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and aquarium. Beyond merely an attraction, the Museum's conservation and research programs are providing important information to help conserve the Sonoran Desert region.
Since 2001, The AZ-Sonora Desert Museum has offered visitors unique opportunities to engage with animals and plants while also building their own creative skills. The Art Institute program offers individual classes as well as a certificate of completion program in nature art.
The unique backdrop of the Museum becomes your class-room while you have the option of drawing birds, mammals, insects and desert botanicals. You can also participate in a wide variety of classes and workshops including oil painting, nature journaling, mixed media and photography.
Experienced, professional artists provide individual instruction in the classroom setting located in the museum's Baldwin Education Building. The building is also home to the Ironwood gallery, which offers rotating shows by nature-inspired artists.
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