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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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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%
Travellers talk about
“birds of prey” (146 reviews)
“live animals” (93 reviews)
“otter exhibit” (41 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
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+1 541-382-4754
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"birds of prey"
in 146 reviews
"live animals"
in 93 reviews
"otter exhibit"
in 41 reviews
"great exhibits"
in 26 reviews
"desert sky"
in 17 reviews
"indoor and outdoor exhibits"
in 41 reviews
"living history"
in 30 reviews
"animal exhibits"
in 27 reviews
"all ages"
in 115 reviews
"bird show"
in 20 reviews
"rotating exhibits"
in 20 reviews
"old west"
in 25 reviews
"central oregon"
in 122 reviews
"river otters"
in 25 reviews
"native americans"
in 35 reviews
"gift shop"
in 49 reviews
"kids and adults"
in 26 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went for a work dinner and then had the museum to explore privately. The kids LOVED the animals. We were bummed the otters were asleep ☹️ They especially liked the turtles and reptiles! I liked the Native American display - it was very interesting....More

Thank luv2travel0124
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Reviewed yesterday

This review was highly recommended by our B&B owner (Hillside Cottage) and it was definitely a great visit. Lots of interesting exhibits both inside and outside. We regret that we didn't time it to enjoy the many demonstrations that they provide during the day. The...More

Thank syl8801
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Very well done exhibits! Indoor exhibits and outdoor ones make this a perfect place to visit all year round. Both fun and informative. I loved seeing the bald eagles and the bobcat. These are animals that have been rescued and can’t return to the wild....More

Thank oceanjules
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Excellent museum with lovely indoor exhibits and outdoor art. I was really impressed with their bird rescue program. It is well worth the extra money for the birds you prey show. They also had a small interactive re-enactment outdoor section that was staffed with personable...More

Thank alwaysmissbeth
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was a tremendous place to spend at least a day in Bend. The sculptures leading up to the museum are a lovely greeting as you enter the grounds. We were fortunate to arrive right when the river otters were fed and they were adorably...More

Thank Familytravelers0526
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Reviewed 6 days ago

They actually had live animals! Very informative on Native Americans. It was MUCH bigger than we thought. The coolest part was going to the saw mill they had and people were dressed up in character. One gentleman was supposed to be a doctor, very informative....More

Thank Jasmine S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent about 2 hours at this museum. Very nicely laid out with exhibits that were tastefully done. There was a lot of information about the area as well as the history. Well worth the time if visiting this area.

Thank Rosie K
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I have lived in Oregon for 18 years and had never heard of The High Desert Museum until recently. It's such a hidden gem. Between the history part, the live animals, and the beautiful grounds, there truly is something for everyone at this museum. I...More

Thank JaneAustenFan
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Every age will enjoy this museum - it has changing displays and lots of information about the area and human history. Raptors are on display and the gift shop is great. I've been several times, and have always learned something and enjoyed it.

Thank Gurugal11
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here with my son and his family, including 3 grandchildren. It was a little expensive being 7 of us. The raptor flights are a must see. It is a well done and worth the price.

Thank Jim B
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caratopliff
21 March 2018|
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Response from Harold H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, no problem Enjoy your visit
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gills61078
8 March 2018|
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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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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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