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“Fun for the entire family”
Review of High Desert Museum

High Desert Museum
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US$885.00*
and up
Crater Lake 3-Day Tour from Portland
Ranked #3 of 121 things to do in Bend
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed 27 January 2018

Very well done with great interactive displays for children and adults. The otter area and host education talk was very fun. The birds of prey area was amazing. We highly recommend attending the saw mill when its working and get the kids to make butter and ice cream. Its fun for everyone!

Thank Alan B
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Kari M, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2018

Thank you for your thoughtful review. The otters are definitely a popular attraction, especially during the daily "Otter Encounter." If you can make it for spring break, our Skyhunters program has two shows daily, when raptors take to the sky above audiences to everyone's delight! The program runs 3/24-3/31 this year!

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"great exhibits"
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"rotating exhibits"
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"old west"
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Reviewed 24 January 2018 via mobile

A world class museum in an unexpected place. Wide range of exhibits and lots of interactive displays.

Thank Ramielee
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Kari M, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2018

We hear "unexpected" a lot! The Museum definitely has something for everyone and includes wildlife, living history, exhibitions, art and more. Come and see us again soon.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Fun museum with indoor and outdoor activities for year round visits. Tons of culturally interesting hands-on activities that are great for families, dates, or just going by yourself. If you are visiting Bend or Sunriver you should definitely visit the High Desert Museum.

Thank Heather L
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Kari M, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2018

Thank you for visiting and for your review. The Museum has something for everyone and includes wildlife, living history, exhibitions, art and more. Visit our website, and follow us on social media to stay updated on what’s new.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

The High Desert Museum is a real treat. Located just outside beautiful Bend, Oregon, it is accessible, interesting, and available to travelers. In particular, they are sensitive to people traveling with animals and provide crates and coverage in the summer. The exhibits are interesting and focus on the special aspects of Oregon's high desert history and environment.

Thank Debra M
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Kari M, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2018

Thank you for visiting and for the thoughtful review. We enjoy a range of visitors, local and traveling, and work to foster curiosity and lifelong learning in all.

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Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

Wonderful museum! There are many things to check out here. Lots of fun and interesting exhibits, both inside and outside. They have a very nice gift shop, and also a small restaurant on site. There are also trails for you to check out.

Thank Chris R
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Kari M, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 February 2018

Thank you for the thoughtful review! We appreciate your visit and hope you will come again soon.

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