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Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

Arizona Sonora Desert Museum

Tucson, AZ 85743
Tax ID86-0111675

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About this organization






The mission of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the Sonoran Desert. The museum is regularly listed as one of the top ten zoological parks in the world due to its unique approach in interpreting the complete natural history of a single region (in our case this is the Sonoran Desert and adjacent ecosystems). Not a museum in the usual sense, it is an unparalleled composite of plant, animal, and geologic collections with the goal of making the Sonoran Desert accessible, understandable, and valued.


The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a world-renowned zoo, natural history museum and botanical garden. Exhibits realistically re-create the natural landscape of the Sonoran Desert region. Within the museum grounds, visitors will see over 230 species of animals and over 1,400 kinds of plants. There are almost 2 miles of paths traversing 21 acres of beautiful desert. The museum is open for public visitation every day of the year. Since its opening in 1952, approximately 23,252,000 people from around the world have visited the museum. Over 17,000 individuals and families currently hold memberships in the museum. In fiscal year 2019, attendance at the museum was 404,465 visitors.

Interesting data from their 2020 990 filing

The filing clearly states the mission of the non-profit as “The mission of the arizona-sonora desert museum is to inspire people to live in harmony with the natural world by fostering love, appreciation, and understanding of the sonoran desert.”.

When outlining its functions, they were explained as: “Sonoran desert education through zoological, botanical, geological, and cultural presentations.”.

  • In compliance with legal regulations, the non-profit has reported their state of operation as AZ.
  • The filing records the non-profit's address for 2020 as 2021 NORTH KINNEY ROAD, TUCSON, AZ, 857439719.
  • As of 2020, the non-profit's form reports a total of 178 employees.
  • Is not a private foundation.
  • Expenses are greater than $1,000,000.
  • Revenue is greater than $1,000,000.
  • Revenue less expenses is $293,297.
  • The organization has 26 independent voting members.
  • The organization was formed in 1952.
  • The organization pays $6,668,817 in salary, compensation, and benefits to its employees.
  • The organization pays $326,876 in fundraising expenses.

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