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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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A Relaxing Look at Nature and History

This is so much more that I expected. There are exhibits of native wildlife reached by a pleasant... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Gary N
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Portland, Oregon
Awesome Museum

This museum is billed as a must see and it really is. The animals (birds of prey, eagles, otters... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
TravellingHillers
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San Jose, California
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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.
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
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Reviewed yesterday

This is so much more that I expected. There are exhibits of native wildlife reached by a pleasant stroll through a pine forest. There is a living/working example of an original family homestead, complete with log house, garden, barn, coral, and a working steam driven...More

Thank Gary N
Reviewed 3 days ago

This museum is billed as a must see and it really is. The animals (birds of prey, eagles, otters etc,) are great, and so is the journey back into the local history, outside and inside the building. We started our stay in Bend there and...More

Thank TravellingHillers
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for your great review!

Reviewed 4 days ago

The staff take great pride in taking care of the Museum. Well organized and a lot of interaction. The staff was willing to answer all questions

Thank gillybeen29
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for the great review and the shout out to the staff!

Reviewed 4 days ago

Spent three hours at this Museum. A lot of carefully selected artifacts, their collection was very impressive. Had fun observing animals there, too. It was a very educational trip.

Thank Irina B
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for your great review! In addition to the many artifacts on display, the Museum is also highlighting some pieces from our collection in honor of our 35th anniversary.

Reviewed 5 days ago

We loved to see the exhibitions which were impressive, we learned quite a lot about history and environement, Given this fact, we don't understand the rather smal cave of the bobcat and the cages of the predator birds. They have no room enough to move...More

Thank strandman46
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking time to write a review of the museum. The animals on exhibit that you mentioned have had life-threatening injuries or have imprinted on humans from their capture from the wild before they were turned over to the museum by state wildlife...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is really a whole bunch of museums in one – you’d need several hours to see them all. I particularly like the World War II exhibition, than explained life in the atomic weapons plants, military training camps, prisoner-of-war and internment camps, because a lot...More

Thank Casualhiker22
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review. We appreciate the feedback on the exhibits - the WWII exhibition was curated by the Museum and has closed. It was very popular and we had a great deal of programming associated with the exhibit. Please see the Museum's website...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not aware of what to expect I was shocked to see this museum keeps living predators like an Eagle and Owslls in extremely small (outdoor) cages. In the museum itself is an extremely small atrium with a Porcupine, all by itself. On the website the...More

Thank Arjan v
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to write a review of the Museum. You are correct in that the wildlife at the Museum can't be released into the wild due to injuries or permit restrictions. Some are here due to imprinting on humans because they...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The walking trails to the otter exhibit, sawmill exhibit and large birds were the most enjoyable on a nice fall day. There are so many striped gophers running around that it's entertaining to watch. The indoor areas highlight Native Americans, some turtles and snakes, couple...More

Thank TikiDreams
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your review. The Museum does have a nice trail system to various exhibits, and both the golden-mantled ground squirrels and pine chipmunks are fun to watch! Our Desertarium does have a nice collection of reptiles and amphibians found in the High Desert, and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum has multiple exhibits that are all very well-done. I love how they had so many amazing artifacts along with great information/explanation. I was also impressed with the decor and the historical building replicas. We also went to see the raptor show which was...More

Thank Gladys H
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the great review. Our outdoor Raptors of the Desert Sky flight program runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. During the rest of the season, visitors may view birds of prey on exhibit in the Birds of Prey Pavilion or see them...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an unplanned sidetrip on the way to a Crater Lake visit and wow I'm glad we stopped. Great connection with the point that Bend, Oregon is on the western edge of the great American High Desert. There are very well designed exhibits on...More

Thank Lynn S
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your great review. Sounds like you took full advantage of many of the things the Museum has to offer.

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sparkypepemoomoo
13 April 2016|
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Response from Ed258536 | Reviewed this property |
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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Swass3
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Response from HDM_Communications | Property representative |
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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