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High Desert Museum

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The museum, set on 135 acres of pine forest, has something for everyone. Explore the nature, culture and spirit of the High Desert through fun, interactive, indoor and outdoor exhibits. Encounter live animals, interact with living history characters...more
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59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was just me and my wife, I wish we could have shared this museum with our nieces and nephew. There were several interactive exhibits and educational talks. There are many exhibits with live animals, birds, otters, snakes, turtles, lizards and spiders. (I remember reading...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank David G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice place to spend several hours learning about native American culture and history in the high desert. Additionally, great place to learn about animals of the area.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ReggieCat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Brought our visiting son here for a classic taste of Bend history & we were not disappointed! Our 2nd visit here & the display of history & wildlife, Both Live & preserved is awesome! From Live eagles & Owls to old time Cowboy camp setups...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Patrick M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited Bend for less than 24 hours. This is the one attraction we chose other than breweries and we were glad we did. The museum has both indoor and outdoor exhibits. The river otters were up and waiting to be fed. They were very...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank soniabarlow77
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We haven't been to this museum in about 15 years and it's changed so much. It has a lot of American Indian Heritage exhibits now. We ended up spending about three hours here. It's a really big museum. There was some live music in the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Palletts2013
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed this museum. There was a good combination of indoor exhibits and outdoor exhibits. The historical displays and information was very good and were especially limited the photography exhibits. There was also a variety of animal exhibits that were very well done.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank crnpdx
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed all of the exhibits in this beautifully organized museum. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful.More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ReddingNorCalGal
Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting! With our ever-changing exhibits and programs, there's always a reason to return. And our volunteers and curators never cease to amaze me! They're always ready to greet visitors and make sure you know your way around and what new...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

To all travelers who are history buffs, This is the most amazing place to date about the Oregon Trail treks, Donner Party, Lewis and Clark adventures and many natural habitats of desert animals. Takes a whole day to go through. Go to see the outside...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting and for the lovely review! Our curators create such amazing, immersive exhibits that I learn something new every day. Our volunteers are also dedicated and excited to share all they know about the High Desert, from natural history to...More

Reviewed 16 January 2019

We were fortunate to discover the Museum shortly after we moved to Central Oregon. We joined at our first visit and have returned many times since. This is a place I could visit every month and still have more to see. A definite must-see!More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your support over the years! We couldn't do this without our Members. Yes, with our ever-changing exhibits and programs, there's always a reason to return again and again. Don't miss our newest exhibit opening this Saturday, January 26, "Rick Bartow:...More

Reviewed 16 January 2019

We go here several times a year and we are never disappointed The displays are professional the staff helpful and friendly Love the outdoor areas Kids love it too be sure to tay for at least couple of presentations by staffMore

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Gary H
Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting, Gary! Yes, our staff here is incredible, from the curators to the volunteers. It's a passionate and dedicated group! If you didn't make it to the Bird of Prey Encounter, definitely put it on your list for your next...More

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caratopliff
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Response from Harold H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, no problem Enjoy your visit
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Jo G
8 March 2018|
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Response from cali4niafoodie | Reviewed this property |
The standard admission was $15, $12 for seniors...and a further 10% discount, if you're a member of AAA with a valid card. Children aged 5-12 pay $9, with those under 4 having free admission. Also, students pay $9.
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BlueTravels
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Response from HDM_Communications | Property representative |
Greetings. There is a 1/2 mile paved path that loops through the Museum grounds to several stand-alone exhibits. The Autzen Otter Exhibit has both an outdoor viewing area and an indoor exhibit area with displays and an... More
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