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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 28 May 2018 via mobile

This is one of the finest museums ever! The depictions of Native Americans was so refreshing. The grounds were so walkable and interesting. And we enjoyed the otters immensely. It is a very well managed and worthwhile museum. Don't miss it.

Thank Margot S
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Reviewed 27 May 2018

Lots of docent led tours with very knowledgeable volunteers. Definitely makes environment and history accessible for learning.

Thank Marilyn D
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Reviewed 22 May 2018

We enjoyed our visit to this High Desert Museum and especially appreciated the live programs and characters we saw. The otter program was very informative, and the presenter was enthusiastic. She was very willing to answer questions after the general program ended. We attended another...More

Thank gr8passage
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Reviewed 21 May 2018

This facility provides an excellent overview of the flora, fauna and social history of the high desert of the rain shadow area of the Cascades. The building offers artifacts and dioramas and interactive displays. The area around the building has interpretative walking trails that lead...More

Thank brownesgrange
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Reviewed 18 May 2018

They have permanent exhibits which are fantastic representations of Central Oregon history. I've been coming here since I was a child and it's always interesting. They also have temporary exhibits like photography or smoke jumpers, just to name a couple. Those are great as well....More

Thank bansheecrzy
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Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

Absolutely amazing museum- especially for our family with two young kids. So much for us adults to learn and appreciate- and SO much for the kids to explore, touch, climb, learn about, etc! Love the walk through exhibits that make you fell like you’re IN...More

Thank Crystal M
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

Just a great family environment with awesome exhibits. They have a great walking trail lined with creeks and ponds. An awesome Otter exhibit, a birds of prey show as well as all kinds of other activities for young and old alike. There is so much...More

1  Thank U451JFaaronm
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

We showed up without allowing ourselves enough time to see everything. What we did see was quite fascinating. The otters were delightful. The pioneer village educational, but the Raptors really made the visit. We'll go back and spend the day.

Thank Onesam97
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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

We arrived 1 1/2 hours before closing so we didn’t have enough time to see everything but we enjoyed every exhibit we did get to see. The indoor displays are very well done and interesting. Lots to learn. I loved the raptor exhibit outside -...More

Thank Diane D
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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

Beautiful museum with great exhibits. Great place for children. The grounds are well done with bronze sculptures and nature path. Had a nice time.

Thank Louise S
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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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