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High Desert Museum

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59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
+1 541-382-4754
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Beautiful Facility

I truly enjoyed our visit to this museum. The grounds are beautiful and very well maintained. Each... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
rdunnicliff
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Coarsegold, California
Nature walk

Excellent for those interested in history and Settling of the area. Native exhibit as well as... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Michelle A
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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 at the Miller Ranch, visit the 1904 sawmill. See what life was like for pioneers, enjoy Western art and an extensive Native American collection. Special programs and events for all ages.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I truly enjoyed our visit to this museum. The grounds are beautiful and very well maintained. Each of the animal exhibits are spacious and fits the needs of the animal. Most of the animals are there because of injuries that prohibit their return to the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent for those interested in history and Settling of the area. Native exhibit as well as the west exhibits were well done. Current show on biomimicry in design was most interesting.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just minutes south of Bend Oregon on hwy 97. Plan to take your time at this extensive collection and review of life in the region and beyond in the early days. I would suggest you google the museum and consult the current schedule events. You...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a living museum and a historical museum. Plenty to keep any age occupied including indoor and outdoor play areas. It is accessible for anyone with any mobility issues. It gives a great historical account of how the area developed including the Native Americans...More

Thank Paula L
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful building in a nice nature setting. Liked that there were live birds and reptiles and even a little living history cabin with reenactors. The otter pond was lots of fun. The place was wild with kids, but we didn’t know it was spring break....More

Thank RSinSpokane
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Kari M, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting and for the wonderful review! Come and see us again soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Been to this Museum a few times. Always something new that was missed the first time around. Up close with a porcupine, and eagle this time. Staff was helpful to point out interesting items for us. The Outdoor program for the kids was a blast!

1  Thank chargers09SanDiego
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Kari M, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit. With our changing exhibits, programming and occasional animal additions, there is always something new to experience and explore. See you next time!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've been here a few times and enjoyed the animals and exhibits. Keep in mind that this is a Museum, not a Zoo, not a Wild animal park. From Bend proper, it takes about 10-15 minutes travel time. During the summer month's they can get...More

Thank Don S
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Kari M, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Don! Thanks for the review. We are so glad you enjoy the Museum. Come see us again soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The High Desert Museum, a short drive from the Old Mill District in Bend, is a must see for all ages. Nestled within the forest, the museum offers a variety of indoor and outdoor exhibits that nicely capture the flora and fauna of the high...More

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Kari M, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the thoughtful review. Come back soon and catch our new exhibit, Ascent: Climbing Explored, open April 28 - Sept. 3, 2018!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I did not know much about the high desert. The displays are beautiful and very informative. We also attend lectures about the wildlife that survives in the high desert. During the lecture, a falcon was part of it, and to be up close with the...More

Thank Joan1959
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Kari M, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're so glad you leraned something new about the High Desert during your visit, and that you enjoyed the Bird of Prey encounter! There really is something special about those up-close presentations. Thanks for the review. See you next time!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were only able to spend 2 hours there; plan at least 3-4 hours to enjoy it. Hourly, there are naturalist presentations with "hands on" artifacts and expert talks on local animal habitat, characteristics, and feeding behaviors.

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Kari M, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for the review! We hope you get a chance to come see us again soon and experience all of our indoor and outdoor exhibits and presentations.

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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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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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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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