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High Desert Museum

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Address: 59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
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+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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Well worth your time to visit wonderful Museum!

Well worth your time to visit wonderful Museum! The first time we ever stopped, way back in 1994, we thought we could spend a quick hour before heading to another engagement in... read more

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Roger S
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Sunriver, United States

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Sunriver, United States
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10 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

Well worth your time to visit wonderful Museum! The first time we ever stopped, way back in 1994, we thought we could spend a quick hour before heading to another engagement in Sunriver. Well we were certainly wrong, you should plan at a minimum of 2 hours or more to see everything. Inside the museum they change several large program... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Unique museum with incredible western art and Oregon Trail history. Kids love the wildlife features. Decent cafe. Amazing gift shop

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Thank Karinda L
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14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We usually take our grand children but the excellent exhibits are just as interesting for us older folk! The exhibits change frequently. Can get busy in the summer months.

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Thank Steve L
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Was looking for a kid friendly experience and HDM hit it on the head. Only history museum I been to with live animals fun afternoon. They offer military discount only cost $42 for a family of 5 not bad compared to most museums we have visited

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Thank Jesse98765
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for your review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit, felt it was kid-friendly, and a good value. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Lakewood, California
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12 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I visited the museum on a trip through the area. This is a fantastic museum. The temporary WWII exhibit was outstanding. It was cold and rainy on the day we went so we didn't get to see all of the outside exhibits, but we did get over to see the feeding of the river otters, which was... More 

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HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for your 5-star review! We are so pleased you enjoyed the WWII exhibit and the otters. We hope to see you again soon. More 

York, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Informative museum covering all aspects of the American West including the famous Oregon trail. There is even an original stage coach in the entrance. Check out the website for full details. Children will be amazed, adults will appreciate just how hard it was for the early settlers to survive!

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HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for your 5-star review. We are so pleased you enjoyed the exhibits. We hope to see you again soon. More 

Bend, Oregon
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited High Desert Museum with grown kids from New Zealand. We watched the staff feed the otters, and watched a "raptor" encounter. The staff was very knowledgable and helpful. The facility is handicapped accessible although the paths are not completely smooth. Very interesting and good to see they are expanding!!

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HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for your 5-star review! We are so pleased you enjoyed the wildlife. We hope you visit us again soon. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a good day at the museum, the Indian reservation was exhibition was interesting. Out side exhibits are good, but don't go to the restaurant it was not good

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HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for your review. We are pleased you enjoyed the Native American and outdoor exhibits. We would like to find out more about your experience at the cafe. If you would like to share more information, please email us at highdesertmuseum@gmail.com. Thank you. More 

Bend, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 352 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What's not to love about the HDM. Beautiful location, Beautiful facility. A wide variety of exhibits, including both of wildlife and history of the High Desert make the HDM an entertaining stop for both couple and families young and old. The new exhibit on the part that Oregon played during World War II was very well done, interesting and full... More 

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HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting and for your 5-star review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed the exhibits, wildlife, and living history, as well as the educational programming! We hope you try another show, as the number and type of bird(s) involved changes regularly. We are now on summer hours and prices, so we're open 9am-5pm until fall.... More 

Antioch, United States
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The museum gives a good understanding of the pioneer life including an antique saw mill. The animal exhibits are first class. Our favorites are the otters and the birds of pray.

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HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for your 5-star review. We're so glad you enjoyed the sawmill and wildlife. Please visit us again soon! More 

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