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High Desert Museum

59800 South Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
541-382-4754
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Ranked #1 of 27 attractions in Bend
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, History Museums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Explore the nature, culture and spirit of the High Desert through fun, interactive, indoor and outdoor exhibits with live animals, live historical... more » Owner description: Explore the nature, culture and spirit of the High Desert through fun, interactive, indoor and outdoor exhibits with live animals, live historical performers, a re-created pioneer town and ranch, Western art, extensive Native American collection and special programs for all ages. « less
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Manassas, Virginia
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70 reviews 70 reviews
17 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We visited the museum during a long weekend trip to Bend. The historic exhibits--especially the railroad and Native American sections-- are excellent and well presented. The animal exhibits are a bit sad--most of them contain animals which are infirm and would not survive on their own in the wild. The enclosures are small and seemed confining. The outdoor "village" provides... More

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Pleasant Hill, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Went here with the family. My teens enjoyed it but as teens were bored fairly quick. I thought it was well done and both informative and interesting. Parking is easy and museum can be gone through in 1-2 hrs. The displays are very good and having live animal display as well make the experience. If in Bend with family it's... More

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Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

There is absolutely something for everyone at the High Desert Museum. We saw all sorts of desert creatures and learned about the natural history, along with the history of people in the high desert. We paid the extra fee for the Raptors of the Desert Sky and was SO glad we did. This was an amazing program that even the... More

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Kelso
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Our nine year old granddaughter was mesmerized at the Miller Family Mill 1904 replica. The staff did an excellent job with the reenactment. Our granddaughter sat herself up on the bed in the tiny cabin engaging in conversation (15+ min.) as if she were there in 1904. She stated she would have loved to be alive back in the Pioneer... More

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California
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We had one full day in Bend and only gave ourselves two hours for this museum. We could have used twice that much time! The raptors birds of prey show/talk was amazing and informative. I loved the sawmill & pioneer camp circa 1904. The Native American section was so well presented, very thought -provoking. The kids liked all the animals.... More

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Central Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Situated about 5 miles south of Bend, it's nestled into tall stands of pine and other conifers. The indoor exhibits are nice. The inside western scene/mine are great for kids. Snakes, fish, turtles, etc are also available for viewing. Outdoors is a great play area and a great mill site/western town site. Parking is easy. If you are new to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful museum in the high desert! It is a great way to spend a day with the family. Kid will LOVE it!

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Pros: Great museum. The kids loved it. Great mix of western, dessert, native American cultures, part zoo, part museum. Excellent gift shop. Cons: Although you can see the Birds of Prey in their pens, you have to pay extra once you're already in to view the additional experience in this exhibit. Also, the old western home doesn't open until ~11am... More

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Bend, Oregon
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113 reviews 113 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

We have just moved to Bend and this is a must do for all our visitors. High Desert Museum makes a trip to Bend more realistic as one learns alot about our area. What's so amazing is that the Museum is privately funded. We were so impressed that we became Members. A must do.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

There are a wide variety of exhibit types, live animals, and presentations to choose from. There is plenty of detail if you're interested and there are many interactive exhibits for both adults and children. The raptor show is a must-see.

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