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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 4 days ago

I loved watching the otters get fed. They are so cute. I also appreciated that all the animals are ones that needed rehab that wouldn’t survive in the wild. The displays were interesting and kept surprising us with more around every corner when we thought...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lots of really well curated exhibits covering a variety of topics related to the high desert . Loads of gra great interactive lectures throughout the day. Nice little cafe on site. If you are a tourist relying on Uber to get to and fro be...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I moved to the area and never went to this place . Went for the first time this winter and it was very nice , the place is open and nice to walk around lots of windows and engaging. Not a huge place but informative...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 13 February 2019

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
Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting, David! We hope you can bring your nieces and nephew next time! They would love it. Yes, you are correct about the wildlife. They are all rescues and cannot survive in the wild on their own. They do much...More

Reviewed 30 January 2019 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
Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting! With the ever-changing events and exhibits, we think there's always a reason to return, something new to experience. We hope to see you again!

Reviewed 29 January 2019

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
Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting, Patrick! We're so happy you had such a wonderful experience. There's just so much to see here, it can take more than a day. Between the wildlife, living history characters, exhibits exploring nature, art, culture and history, we truly...More

Reviewed 26 January 2019 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
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Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting! And we are truly honored that you chose the Museum over the many brewery tours! There's just so much to do in Bend now. Between the wildlife, living history characters, exhibits exploring nature, art, culture and history, we truly...More

Reviewed 23 January 2019

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
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Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting! And you made it on a day when the Thorn Hollow String Band was playing! That always makes for a very special entrance, I think. I grew up visiting the Museum and you're right. It's grown so much! There...More

Reviewed 22 January 2019 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
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Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting the Museum! Between the wildlife, living history characters, exhibits exploring nature, art, culture and history, we truly believe the Museum has something of interest for everyone and many reasons to return. Come see us again soon!

Reviewed 20 January 2019

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

Date of experience: December 2018
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Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 21 January 2019

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

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caratopliff
21 March 2018|
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Response from Harold H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, no problem Enjoy your visit
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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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