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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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We visited this museum without any idea about what we can find inside , it was great, Interested... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
SylvieB1
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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Something for everyone

Bend is fortunate to have a quality institution such as this. They cover a lot of topics (birds and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jeff s
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Seattle, Washington
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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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“birds of prey” (139 reviews)
“live animals” (90 reviews)
“otter exhibit” (39 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
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"birds of prey"
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"live animals"
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"otter exhibit"
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"indoor and outdoor exhibits"
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"living history"
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"animal exhibits"
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"great exhibits"
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"all ages"
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"bird show"
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"central oregon"
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"river otters"
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We visited this museum without any idea about what we can find inside , it was great, Interested. We spend more than 2 hrs without any idea about the time We highly recommend this visit

Thank SylvieB1
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Bend is fortunate to have a quality institution such as this. They cover a lot of topics (birds and animals, Indian and settler history, paleontology and others). Easy to park and walk and kids will love the feeding of otters and talks about birds of...More

Thank Jeff s
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been here a couple times, and my kids always have fun. the exhibits are interesting, and this trip we sat in on the raptor talk with a red-tailed hawk and handler. Cafe offers decent selections for lunch or a snack, although it's pricey.

Thank dpmason
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were fortunate enough to catch a 'free' day thanks to the local credit union. We had only been here one time many years ago when it first opened. Wow has it expanded. Superb displays. A very comprehensive native american display was especially enjoyable.

Thank crangrammy
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Reviewed 1 week ago

River otters, turtles, Indian tepees and raptors! Fabulous collect of artifacts from the local tribes. All the displays very well maintained and up to date. Interactive displays for kids. Really helpful employees and well stocked gift shop that includes lots of books for all ages...More

Thank Dorothy S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the finest facilities of it’s kind in the United States. A destination if you are anywhere nearby.

Thank rogage
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Kari M, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you! We appreciate your review and are so glad you've enjoyed your time here. The Museum has something for everyone and includes wildlife, living history, exhibitions, art and more. Visit our website, and follow us on social media to stay updated on what’s new.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visit Central Oregon a few times a year and go here most of our visits! Like an educational zoo:) Love that it is indoor and outdoor - our kids love it every time! Spend about 2 hours here

Thank Naomi N
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Kari M, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It's great to hear that you visit the Museum whenever you're in town. Thank you for your support, and for this nice review. Kids of all ages (1 to 100!) can find engaging, interactive experiences here.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very well done with great interactive displays for children and adults. The otter area and host education talk was very fun. The birds of prey area was amazing. We highly recommend attending the saw mill when its working and get the kids to make butter...More

Thank Alan B
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Kari M, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your thoughtful review. The otters are definitely a popular attraction, especially during the daily "Otter Encounter." If you can make it for spring break, our Skyhunters program has two shows daily, when raptors take to the sky above audiences to everyone's delight!...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A world class museum in an unexpected place. Wide range of exhibits and lots of interactive displays.

Thank Ramielee
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Kari M, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We hear "unexpected" a lot! The Museum definitely has something for everyone and includes wildlife, living history, exhibitions, art and more. Come and see us again soon.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fun museum with indoor and outdoor activities for year round visits. Tons of culturally interesting hands-on activities that are great for families, dates, or just going by yourself. If you are visiting Bend or Sunriver you should definitely visit the High Desert Museum.

Thank Heather L
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Kari M, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting and for your review. The Museum has something for everyone and includes wildlife, living history, exhibitions, art and more. Visit our website, and follow us on social media to stay updated on what’s new.

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BlueTravels
13 October 2017|
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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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Military Discounts: Active and retired military personnel with government ID receive 10% off their family's admission. The Museum accepts all major credit cards. The best way to see the Museum is to design your own... More
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Hi - Our summer rates are: Adult $15 Adult $12 Senior (65 plus) $12 Senior (65 plus) $10 Youth (ages 5-12) $9 Youth (ages 5-12) $7 Child (4 and under) Free We also allow... More
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