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Kitt Peak National Observatory

Located atop the 6,875-foot summit of Kitt Peak, the observatory offers nightly viewing and an advanced overnight program that lets visitors stay on site, use advanced equipment and "explore some of North America's most spectacular night skies." (Stargazing by reservation only.) Open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily. Guided tours are at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; a single tour is $5.75, $3 age 7 to 12, free younger child, June through October; $7.75, $4 age 7 to 12, free younger child, November through May. Special rates for three tours are available. Night tours feature four hours of guided observing time and a box dinner; $49, $45 student, military or senior. Call 318-8726, or visit noao.edu/kpno for more information.

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International Wildlife Museum

The museum highlights more than 400 species of insects, mammals and birds from around the globe. Dioramas depict wild animals in their natural settings. Videos, interactive computers and hands-on exhibits promote wildlife appreciation and conservation. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday; $8, $3 ages 4 to 12, free younger child or member, $6 senior, student or military. Visit thewildlifemuseum.org for more information.

International Wildlife Museum (map)
4800 W. Gates Pass Road.
West side
phone 629-0100

Arizona History Museum

The museum focuses on Southern Arizona history from the Spanish colonial through the territorial eras. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday; $5, $4 senior or age 12 to 18, free younger child, member, visitor to the library or the store, 2-for-1 admission the first Tuesday every month. Visit arizonahistoricalsociety.org for more information.

Arizona History Museum (map)
949 E. Second St.
Central
phone 628-5774

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The Jewish History Museum

The museum is housed in the oldest Jewish house of worship in Arizona and features the history of Jewish pioneers in exhibits, artifacts, research, genealogy and story-telling. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; and noon to 3 p.m., Friday; $5, free age 17 and younger. Visit jewishhistorymuseum.org for more information.

The Jewish History Museum (map)
564 S. Stone Ave.
Central
phone 670-9073

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Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

A world-renowned botanical garden, zoo and natural-history museum that features a vast collection of native plants and wildlife. Walk into the lush hummingbird and mixed-species aviaries, or learn about the statuesque saguaro and other desert denizens via daily tours and bird walks. Activities for kids include a simulated fossil dig. Open every day, but hours vary by month; free 3 and younger; $14.50, $5 ages 4 to 12 from September to May; $9.50, $2.25 age 6 to 12 from June to August. Visit desertmuseum.org for more information.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum (map)
2021 N. Kinney Road.
Northwest
phone 883-2702

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