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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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So much fun

Was in bend for my 22nd Birthday even as an adult this place still hold a special place in my heart... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Clairegirlbh95
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My favorite museum in the Northwest

My favorite museum in Central Oregon and the Northwest. Extensive hours, great exhibits and great... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carol00078
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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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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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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Was in bend for my 22nd Birthday even as an adult this place still hold a special place in my heart the mix between live animal history and cultural history is a great balance. The Autre exhibits is perfect for all ages as is the...More

Thank Clairegirlbh95
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for your great review, and Happy Belated Birthday! Thanks for spending time at the Museum. Best wishes on a speedy recovery.

Reviewed 1 week ago

My favorite museum in Central Oregon and the Northwest. Extensive hours, great exhibits and great staff. Love the museum shop and cafe as well. The sawmill, especially when working, is my favorite exhibit. Next is the otter exhibit. Bring clothes for indoors as well as...More

Thank Carol00078
Reviewed 1 week ago

I hadn't been to the High Desert Museum for probably 15 years as my kids were young when we last visited. They have added and improved what was already an excellent museum and is fun for the whole family. My husband and I went to...More

Thank OregonBorn1959
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for your wonderful five-star review of the Museum. Our facilities and custodial staff take great pride in maintaining this beautiful facility. One suggestion we like to make is to visit the website and check out the daily schedule of programs that visitors won't...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a well-designed and informative natural history museum. While the inside exhibits are very good, there are lots of outdoor exhibits that involve walking. The day that we were there, there were demonstrations approximately every hour. The river otter exhmibt and demonstration were noteworthy.More

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

Thanks for the great review. The Museum has roughly 100,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space and some of that is outside of the main building. A 1/2 mile paved trail loops through the grounds and provides access to the other exhibits. The facility crew maintains...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a lovely place to go visit. It is so well laid out and so many things to see and admire. Plan at least 2 hrs to visit as there are many exhibits and programs going on.

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

Thank you for the great review. We also recommend at least 2 hours to visit and suggest that folks check the Daily Schedule of programs on the website prior to visiting to help plan their day.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I really expected a small local museum and I was really surprised at how big and modern the place is and that they had live animals. I hope someday they can build even bigger enclosures for the larger birds. It's nice to see them up...More

Thank RonMc1958
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your great review. The Museum sits on a 135-acre property and has over 100,000 square feet of exhibition space. We do offer, during Spring Break week and throughout the summer, free-flighted shows with birds of prey. The hawks, owls and eagles on exhibit,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This museum has great information on life on the high desert,and hands on exibits, for the young and old alike. The kids had a great time. It was something fun to do when out was cold and windy outside. They also have classes for kids...More

1  Thank Susan K
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your nice review.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must visit! Great displays, exhibits, presentation and folks! Wish we had more time to spend.

Thank Carol E
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review. Sorry to hear you didn't have enough time - there is a lot to see and do at the Museum.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've been patrons of the High Desert Museum off and on for about 15 years. This local gem never ceases to entertain and amaze us (not just our kids!). The exhibits are kid-friendly, informative and well-maintained. The meandering outdoor paths and exhibits are beautiful and...More

Thank Tori M
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review and for being patrons of the Museum! We couldn't do all the things we do without the support of our members, corporate sponsors, donors and others. Thank you for your long-running and continued support!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a top museum, exhibit. Several wings. Native American, Western Migration, Otter pond, Raptor sanctuary, hourly wildlife talks, turn of century ranch life exhibit, dinosaurs, snack bar, gift shop has lots of items.

Thank JackP92348
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your great review. Just to clarify, the dinosaur-related exhibition Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx is a temporary exhibition that runs through April 8, 2018. Otherwise, that's us in a nutshell!

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BlueTravels
13 October 2017|
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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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sparkypepemoomoo
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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
13 August 2015|
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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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