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High Desert Museum

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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...more
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59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
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Reviewed 3 September 2018

The High Desert Museum is one of the best small museums we have ever visited. The live exhibits of the various animals from the local area, art show and the "visit" to the historical re-enactments, tools, machines and toys made this museum a treasure. The...More

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KariM1439, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Museum and were able to explore all we have to offer guest of every age and interest! Come and see us again soon. Our changing exhibits, living history characters and wildlife encounters ensure there is...More

Reviewed 1 September 2018 via mobile

Had a chance to bring some family to visit HDM and attend the Birds of Prey presentation. The birds of prey were amazing, they flew inches above the audience and showed five varieties! The price was $5 above ticket price and completely worth it. The...More

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KariM1439, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

Thank you for the thoughtful review! We agree, it's so easy to spend an entire day exploring all the Museum has to offer, no matter your age or area of interest! We are so glad you enjoyed the Raptors of the Desert Sky free-flight show...More

Reviewed 1 September 2018

I love this place! I didn't expect all the wonderful presentations! Make sure you catch the raptor presentation. There was the most amazing great horned owl there who still makes juvenile calls. I hope your raptor keepers never try to break him of it, it's...More

Thank Candace74
KariM1439, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

We are thrilled that you enjoyed exploring all the Museum has to offer, no matter your age or area of interest! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review!

Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

High Desert Museum was great for all of us. Adults, tweens and grandparents all enjoyed the grounds and exhibits. The outdoor exhibits had paved paths and benches throughout. For young children there are indoor and outdoor play structures. There were interactive exhibits too. Great parking...More

Thank Michelle V
KariM1439, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

Thank you for the thoughtful review! We agree, it's so easy to spend an entire day exploring all the Museum has to offer, no matter your age or area of interest! Our changing exhibits, living history characters, and wildlife encounters ensure there is always something...More

Reviewed 31 August 2018 via mobile

Two adults with two teenagers. We all enjoyed the museum. We split up and went at our own pace/interest. We lasted 3 1/2 hours. Great exhibits with plenty to see, read & touch.More

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KariM1439, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

Thank you for the thoughtful review! We definitely suggest at least a few hours to take in all the Museum has to offer. It's not hard to spend an entire day here exploring and learning through a variety of experiences, no matter what your age!...More

Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

A wonderful and relaxing experience. We aren't wild about museums, but really enjoyed this one. The walk outside was also very nice.

Thank Barbara Y
KariM1439, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

Thank you for visiting and for the thoughtful review! We often hear that it's easy to spend an entire day here exploring and learning through a variety of experiences! We look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed 30 August 2018 via mobile

Magnificent, great, awesome raptor show. I have always wanted to photograph these birds in flight. On their own they are absolutely beautiful. But to photograph them and retain their inflight images is my treasure. I actually visited in 2015 or 2016, but only now make...More

Thank bill j
KariM1439, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Museum back then, Bill, and are able to reflect on the experience today with fond memories. With our changing exhibits, and dynamic wildlife encounters, as well as the fun interactions with living history characters, every...More

Reviewed 30 August 2018

We didn't know what to expect from this, but it's a beautiful location and we spent about 2 hours there with our teenage children. Fun for young kids, too. Some live animals - very informative about the history of the area.

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KariM1439, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

We are so glad you enjoyed your visit to the Museum. With our changing exhibits, and dynamic wildlife encounters, as well as the fun interactions with living history characters, we truly have something to offer everyone — any age and any interest!

Reviewed 29 August 2018

What a surprise! We thought we might spend 3 hours here but ended up spending the whole day. The extra $5 for the raptor show was money well spent. Be sure to ask what time they feed the river otters as those little guys put...More

Thank Pam V
KariM1439, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

Thank you for the thoughtful review, Pam! We agree, it's so easy to spend an entire day exploring all the Museum has to offer. The Raptors of the Desert Sky free-flight show will be back next summer. To enjoy our raptors up close throughout the...More

Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

This is a highly recommended, family friendly place that is engaging for several hours. My family and I loved learning about the area's history and natural environment. A big hit with my 12, 10, and 7 year olds for sure!!More

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KariM1439, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2018

Thank you for the thoughtful review, Sarah! We agree, it's so easy to spend an entire day exploring all the Museum has to offer, no matter what your age! Come and visit again soon — our changing exhibits, living history characters and wildlife encounters ensure...More

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caratopliff
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Response from Harold H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, no problem Enjoy your visit
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Jo G
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
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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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