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.
National Geographic defines geotourism as "tourism that sustains or enhances the distinctive geographical character of a place—its environment, heritage, aesthetics, culture, and the well-being of its residents.” The Desert Museum is a founding partner in the University of Arizona's Geotourism initiative, a program to promote the astounding biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert that makes Tucson a truly unique place on planet Earth.
A key component of this initiative is seetucson.org, an online database of images of the Tucson area with a focus on its plants, animals, and natural features. You can submit your own images to the collection simply by posting them on Instagram with the hashtag #seetucson. By documenting it, encouraging others to visit it, or allowing those who can’t visit it to learn remotely, your images could help insure that this unique environment is preserved for future generations.
Cover image: Photo: Jay Pierstorff / ASDM.