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“A kid's delight that adults can enjoy”
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 122 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, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 11 February 2018

River otters, turtles, Indian tepees and raptors! Fabulous collect of artifacts from the local tribes. All the displays very well maintained and up to date. Interactive displays for kids. Really helpful employees and well stocked gift shop that includes lots of books for all ages and those reasonably priced stuffed animals made by Wild Republic that actually look like the animal or bird. Highly recommended if you are driving up Hwy 97 in Oregon

Thank Dorothy S
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"birds of prey"
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"live animals"
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"indoor and outdoor exhibits"
in 43 reviews
"otter exhibit"
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"living history"
in 29 reviews
"animal exhibits"
in 29 reviews
"great exhibits"
in 25 reviews
"all ages"
in 115 reviews
"desert sky"
in 18 reviews
"bird show"
in 20 reviews
"rotating exhibits"
in 19 reviews
"old west"
in 25 reviews
"central oregon"
in 119 reviews
"native americans"
in 37 reviews
"river otters"
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"on display"
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"gift shop"
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Reviewed 4 February 2018 via mobile

One of the finest facilities of it’s kind in the United States. A destination if you are anywhere nearby.

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

Thank you! We appreciate your review and are so glad you've enjoyed your time here. 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 28 January 2018 via mobile

We visit Central Oregon a few times a year and go here most of our visits! Like an educational zoo:) Love that it is indoor and outdoor - our kids love it every time! Spend about 2 hours here

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

It's great to hear that you visit the Museum whenever you're in town. Thank you for your support, and for this nice review. Kids of all ages (1 to 100!) can find engaging, interactive experiences here.

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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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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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