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Address: 59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
Phone Number:
+1 541-382-4754
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The museum, set on 135 acres of pine forest, has something for everyone....

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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Nice museum to stop at

Pretty well laid out museum. Very clean. Cool animal enclosures. Unfortunately the otter exhibit and most of the outdoor cabins were closed when we visited but it's still worth... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
boysonthego
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Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Pretty well laid out museum. Very clean. Cool animal enclosures. Unfortunately the otter exhibit and most of the outdoor cabins were closed when we visited but it's still worth an hour or so stop.

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Houston, Texas
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53 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family truly enjoyed our day at the High Desert Museum. The guides were dressed in period clothing. Very knowledgable staff. Everything from covered wagons, and chickens in little jackets to a sea otter show.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

When in Bend, this is a must see...especially with young kids. There are many interactive displays, interesting and little know history of the area, and always a talk about the local wildlife...frequently with friendly critters roaming the room! You'll find many buildings to explore, each with different themes. Take a self-guided or group, narrated tour. Rotating exhibits of special interest... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We live about five miles away from the Museum and go there in the summer and my grand kids love it. We love to visit all the little creatures that live there.

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Thank Renee W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of things to see and learn! If the weather is nice there is an outdoor play area to boot. There is also an indoor play area that is super cool for 2-6 year olds.

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Kirkland, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A good place to see some history of this area, wild life and culture. I like the fact that you can be outside and see live display of what is was like in the past, log cabins as well as tools used for cutting logs into wood planks (Saw mill). A great place for children to see what life was... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was good! It was our first time so we weren't sure what to expect. Of course all the animals that the kids wanted to see, weren't out. That was a bummer. Might go back one more time to give it another chance, but nothing that is my first choice to do with the kids.

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quite a lot to see at this nice museum located in a beautiful Forest, mostly about local plants, animals and Indian tribes. They have talks by docents every hour or so.

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Vancouver, WA, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very professionally done museum. Great for all ages, especially children. It has grown each year over the decades.

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Panchkula, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a whole day here. There are a number of good attractions and it was interesting seeing how the people here lived not all that long ago. The section on Red Indians was particularly fascinating. I also liked the section on mining.

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