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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 yesterday

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!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Artemis112013
Reviewed yesterday

High Desert Museum has some really nice exhibits that are inside their building. They also change many of them regularly. They also have exhibits on the outside where they feature raptors, otters and other interesting about the Oregon high desert. The otter exhibit allows you...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum gives good background if you are interested in the history & biology of the area. Historical exhibits, live animals, and outdoor exhibits offer variety. It's great for families with kids.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Jlindq
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is nice, especially for kids. The best part is for sure the location... there is the possibility the walk around in the forest. In Winter, with some snow, was great! There are several 20minutes activities like "nature talk", "otter encounter" or "birds encounter"!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ann1n
Reviewed 12 December 2018

Very nice high desert museum with a good representation of area history and flora and fauna of the area. Worth a stop and takes about an hour to tour.More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Michael D
Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting, Michael! We're happy you found the Museum to be a good representation of the region. Our curator team is amazing and with the ever-changing exhibits and programs, there's always a reason to return. All the best this holiday season...More

Reviewed 11 December 2018

Young or old, the HDM is a must-stop. You will learn so much about Central Oregon: the landscape, the wildlife, the native plants, the history. Whether you have an entire day free or just a couple of hours, it is worth a stop.More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank maryhofer1
Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting, Mary, and for the lovely review! I'm so glad that you found so much of interest here. I work here and I learn something new every day! Our curator team is so talented and between the wildlife, living history...More

Reviewed 11 December 2018

We go to every new presentation just to simply stop the world around us and appreciate the gifts that we live amongst. Great staff ... and a decent snack bar.More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Bill G
Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for the lovely review, Bill! Even during my busy days here, I try to stop and go to some of the daily programs. They are so often different that you can learn something new every time. "Gifts that we live amongst,"...More

Reviewed 2 December 2018 via mobile

We went with a young grandchild who loves this place and can’t get enough of it. I see why. The exhibits are informative, interesting, and excellent. I could have used another hour or two. The variety of indoor and outdoor exhibits added to the pleasure...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank northstarvalerie
Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2018

Thank you for visiting! Yes, there's so much to see and explore, it's hard to fit it all in in a short time. I could spend all day here... and i work here! With our ever-changing exhibits and programs, there's always a reason to return....More

Reviewed 21 November 2018

The High Desert Museum, located south of Bend off of U.S. 97, offers the visitor a nice selection of permanent and changing exhibits related to the people, environment and culture of Central Oregon. There is a nice cafe and sales shop in the museum, along...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Larry W
Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2018

Thank you so much for taking time to visit, Larry! Between the wildlife, living history characters, exhibits exploring nature, art, culture and history, we truly believe the Museum has something of interest for everyone. Our store features so many local artists and unique items and...More

Reviewed 20 November 2018 via mobile

Very well done but the big raptors in cages made me very sad. We can learn about these magnificent birds without seeing captives. Let them go!More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2018

Peggy, thank you so much for visiting and thank you for your concern about the birds of prey. All of the creatures here came as rescues, after being injured or abandoned. None of them can survive in the wild. Most of the birds cannot fly...More

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Response from Harold H | Reviewed this property |
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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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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