If your wedding planning will soon be underway and you’ll be looking for the perfect place to celebrate this occasion, you should know that Arizona Sonora desert museum is now an option!
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is one of the most iconic and beloved places in Tucson. This venue is guaranteed to make your wedding unforgettable, and it will save you big time on décor!
The venues at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum are rich in natural beauty and stunning desert views, providing the perfect backdrop for your unique event. Their remarkable setting is enhanced by exceptional, regionally-inspired catering from Rojo Hospitality, charming animal visitors, and the thoughtful care and attention of our staff to create a truly memorable occasion for you and your guests.
Explore the beautiful spaces the Museum has to offer and then come see them for yourself!
Gather your family and friends in the Desert Garden to witness your ceremony surrounded by lush greenery, bright blooms, and beautiful brick work. This hidden oasis offers an elegant outdoor setting for exchanging your vows and toasting your union. The bubbling fountain and rustic adobe wall in the lower garden are favorite locations for photographers. Maximum capacity: 150 seated for a ceremony, 250 standing for a cocktail reception.
If it’s desert views you’re after, look no further than the sunlit hills and towering saguaros surrounding the Boojum Patio. This beautiful stonework patio is tucked behind Ironwood Terraces restaurant, providing a peaceful setting for exchanging your vows beneath the bright blue Arizona sky. Maximum capacity: 75 seated for a ceremony.
Wine and dine the night away in the Green Room with views of the dazzling sunset colors on the slopes of the Tucson Mountains. Floor-to-ceiling windows offer an exceptional panorama of the pristine desert landscape. Open the glass panels for easy access to the large covered verandah, perfect for dancing beneath the stars. Maximum capacity: For a seated dinner, 180 (indoor only) to 220 (indoor & outdoor combined); or 300 (indoor & outdoor) for a cocktail reception.
Design a dynamic celebration in the Ironwood Terraces, the Museum’s largest restaurant. A spacious anterior courtyard gives way to two indoor dining rooms and half a dozen attached patios providing ample room for cocktails, dinner, and dancing in a variety of engaging locations. The possibilities are endless in this unique and adaptable venue! Maximum capacity: For a seated dinner, 100 (indoor only) to 350 (indoor & outdoor combined); or 450 (indoor & outdoor combined) for a cocktail reception.
The Museum’s smaller, seasonal restaurant, the Ocotillo Café recently underwent a complete renovation with brand new paint, flooring and furniture. The cozy dining room and enclosed private patio provide the perfect setting for smaller celebrations, including wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners, and bridal showers. The obvious choice for stylish, intimate affairs. Maximum capacity: For a seated dinner, 60 (indoor only) to 90 (indoor & outdoor combined); or 125 (indoor & outdoor combined) for a cocktail reception.
Delight and entertain your guests during cocktail hour with this truly unique experience!
Animal visitors, such as porcupine, barn owl, Harris’ hawk, chuckwalla lizard, and tarantula mingle and pose for photos during this 45-minute informal encounter. Fees: $400-$550 depending on the number of animals presented.
The Museum can provide a portable address system with microphone, basic music playback, and presentation setup with screen, projector, and laptop upon request. Includes staff setup and support. Fee: $175.
Seven umbrella-style patio heaters are available for the comfort of your guests. Includes propane and setup. Fee: $50 per heater. Group Admission Arrange an outing for your wedding guests to visit the Museum grounds and view the exhibits the day before or after your event. Prior arrangement required, minimum of 10 guests. Fees: $13.50 per adult, $7.00 per child.
Prickly Pear Centerpieces
Upgrade your table set up with heart-shaped prickly pear cactus centerpieces! Presented in terracotta pots. Add a ribbon in your wedding colors, or combine with other decorative elements to match your vision. Fee: $15 each, to rent.
Rojo Hospitality is the exclusive food and beverage provider of the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and specializes in creating culinary experiences and menus reflective of the Sonoran Desert region and your unique event. Entrée options are available starting at $39 per person (plus taxes and service fees). A $5,000 minimum applies for Saturday evening events, and $2,000 for all other evenings. Bar services include local and top shelf selections of beer, wine, and liquor, as well as hosted, partially hosted, and cash bar payment options. Wedding cakes may be brought in from an external, licensed bakery, and cake cutting service is complimentary. The Desert Museum Event Specialist will assist you initially by providing a sample of menu options. Once facilities have been contracted, the Rojo Hospitality catering manager will be your primary contact for specific questions and arrangements.