Weddings

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Tucson, AZ View map

About

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a museum wedding venue located in Tucson, Arizona. The venue is one of the top museums in the country and is spread across an area of 98 acres. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum features a zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural history museum, and an aquarium.

Facilities and Capacity
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum has five event spaces offering picturesque views of the Sonora Desert. The Desert Garden can accommodate up to 250 guests. The Green Room can accommodate up to 300 guests for cocktail reception. The Ironwood Terraces can accommodate up to 450 guests. The Boojum Terrace can host a ceremony with up to 75 guests. Ocotillo Café can host up to 125 guests. The venue is wheelchair accessible and also has a parking facility.

Services Offered
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum offers its services for wedding ceremonies, bridal showers, engagement parties, receptions, and rehearsal dinners. They also provide items required for events, such as audio equipment, furniture, centerpieces, barware, linens, and more. The services offered include:

  • Bridal suites
  • Event rentals
  • Outside vendors accepted
  • In-house catering (buffet, cocktail reception, family style, plated, and more)
  • In-house bar (champagne toast, premium liquor, signature drink, specialty wine, and more)
  • Lighting/sound
  • Setup
  • Cleanup
  • Wireless internet available

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?

$2800.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?

$2800.00

Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?

Yes

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?

$1200.00

What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?

$1200.00

Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Bridal Suite
Chairs
Clean Up
Parking
Set Up
Tables

Which of the following are included in the cost of wedding catering?

Cake Cutting
Server(s)

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

6

Describe your venue:

Garden
Museum
Zoo

What kind of settings are available?

Indoor
Uncovered Outdoor
Scenic Views

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Ceremony
Reception
Bridal Shower
Engagement Party
Rehearsal Dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bar Services
Catering Services
Clean Up
Event Rentals
Get Ready Rooms
Lighting / Sound
Outside Vendors
Set Up
Wifi

What catering services do you offer?

Buffet
Cocktail Reception
Dessert
Family Style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside Cake
Plated
Server(s)
Stations
Tastings

What bar services do you provide?

Bartender(s)
Cash Bar
Champagne Toast
House Beer
House Liquor
House Wine
Limited Bar
Liquor License
Open Bar
Premium Liquor
Signature Drink
Specialty Beer
Specialty Wine

What event items are available?

Audio Equipment
Centerpieces
Chairs
Furniture
Tables

What food and beverage items are available?

Barware
China
Flatware
Glassware
Linens

What transportation and access is available?

Parking
Wheelchair Access

What months are included in your peak season?

March
April
May
October
November

What months are included in your off-peak season?

January
February
June
July
August
September
December

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Recommended by 96% of couples
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    Alyssa Married on 11/12/2016
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    There were so many positives to the ASDM. First, it's a beautiful and unique venue. We got married in the desert garden and had the cocktail hour in another section of the garden and the reception on their terraces and in the courtyard of their restaurant. It's spectacular if you want to incorporate the native landscape in to your wedding like we did- it also means less decorating and flowers were needed because it was pretty enough on its own. We also opted to use their AV equipment, which eliminated the need for us to get a DJ and saved us money big time. We also did the live animal demonstrations for our cocktail hour which was a blast. People couldn't stop talking about how cool it was to see all the amazing animals and learn about them and it made for some great photo ops. The docents presenting the animals were incredibly sweet and great to interact with. On that note, Jessica Bright was phenomenal. She was always on top of everything and willing to work with us every step of the way- she even was there at the wedding to make sure it went smoothly. The only downside is that you have to use their caterer for food. The food is delicious but a little pricey, and while at times Courtney was kicking butt to get things done for us, at others she came off as rude or flakey. All in all, wonderful experience and people talk about how it was one of the best weddings they've ever had. And your guests can also get reduced admission at the museum to make it a fun event.
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    Thamzen Married on 06/26/2015
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    The Sonora Desert Museum was exactly what I was looking for in a venue! I wanted something natural with a striking desert scenery because this was a destination wedding to Arizona. A lot of the options I found very manicured resorts with golf greens that did not scream AZ to me. The Desert museum provided the most beautiful and iconic desert scenery for my wedding. Even though I had the wedding in the middle of summer in Arizona it was not too hot because I set the wedding in the evening to night time.

    The staff were all very attentive and quick to remedy and problems that occurred (like random desert rain). All the guests loved the southwest cuisine that was served buffet style. The only complaint I could make is the reception space I chose was a little tight for my wedding of 55 people- Ceremony: Boojum Patio, Reception: Ocotillo Cafe .

    If you are looking for a natural and beautiful desert wedding this is the place for you!!

    Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's reply:

    Thamzen, thank you so much for the wonderful review! I'm so glad the Museum provided the natural desert backdrop you wanted for your destination celebration. It truly is a special place, and we were thrilled to welcome your family and guests. Best wishes for a long and happy marriage!
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    Darlene Married on 06/26/2015
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    The Desert Museum was the perfect venue for my daughter’s wedding. She wanted a unique desert venue and she got it. Daughter lives in Florida, I live in Puerto Rico so we needed to do all planning via email and phone. Jessica Bright, event coordinator at the museum was very accessible and responsive. She understood all our needs and desires and executed venue set-up with professionalism and grace. When we arrived to Tucson for the first time week of the wedding Jessica made herself available for a venue walk-thru on one day, the Rehearsal on another day and was in attendance watching over things during the entire wedding. The Ceremony, Reception, Food and Dance were great. The signage leading to and around the venue was clear and invaluable to our guest arriving for the wedding. The Desert Museum is such a lovely place and I am very happy for the fabulous memories we now have of the wedding there.

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2021 N. Kinney Road Tucson, AZ, 85743
5208833018
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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum frequently asked questions

What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum?

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Bridal Suite
  • Chairs
  • Clean Up
  • Parking
  • Set Up
  • Tables

At Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, what items and services related to wedding catering are included in the cost?

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum includes the following items and services in its wedding catering costs:
  • Cake Cutting
  • Server(s)

What are the most important characteristics of Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in terms of venue type, style and location?

The space offered by Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for wedding events is known for:
  • Garden
  • Museum
  • Zoo

What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum for wedding events?

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
  • Uncovered Outdoor
  • Scenic Views

What kind of wedding events does Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum offer?

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Ceremony
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner

What services does Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum offer for wedding events?

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Bar Services
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up
  • Event Rentals
  • Get Ready Rooms
  • Lighting / Sound
  • Outside Vendors
  • Set Up
  • Wifi

What furniture and decorations does Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum have available for wedding events?

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum offers the following furniture and decor items for weddings:
  • Audio Equipment
  • Centerpieces
  • Chairs
  • Furniture
  • Tables

What percentage of users recommend Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and which are the most valued aspects of their wedding services?

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is recommended by 90% of couples who have used their services. Their overall rating is 4.8 out of 5 with the following breakdown: 5 in professionalism, 4.9 in quality of service, 4.8 in flexibility, 4.7 in value and 4.6 in average response time.

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