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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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Salem, Oregon
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114 reviews 114 reviews
26 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Easy to find, a must-do when visiting the Bend area. Above average as far as displays. Very enjoyable and very informative. The only thing keeping this museum from a 5 point rating is the cost. I felt it was a bit high.

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Corning, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

My mom and I visited , lovely setting with beautiful architecture, and showcasing the wildlife of the desert area, eastern Oregon. Great spot right along Rt. 97 to stop before getting into Bend. Well worth t he visit.

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Central Oregon
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful venue to see Central Oregon-specific natural history as well as the presence of humans from pre-Columbian times through the early 20th Century. Special exhibits and presentations create a vital and dynamic atmosphere. The variety of static and live exhibits have appeal to a wide variety of visitors (one of our visits involved 3 generations ranging from... More

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Leaburg, Oregon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

We have been to this museum many times over the years. It is constantly getting bigger and better. This time we especially enjoyed the birds of flight exhibit. Plan on spending at least 3 hours to get the full experience; it is totally worth every minute. We took our 10 year old granddaughter for her first visit and she was... More

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Bellingham, Washington, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

We are not big museum fans but this museum had some really great features. It had outdoor exhibits, live animals, and some really great rooms where history came to life.

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Los Angeles
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44 reviews 44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Boys 11 and 13 loved it! Lots of interactive things for them to do. We saw large live birds and everyone loved the otters. Both boys loved the special water exhibit.

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Southport, United Kingdom
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189 reviews 189 reviews
79 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Went here en route to Crater Lake. Was a little disappointed with the animals which were on show. Had an interesting talk by one of the staff giving us information on the reptiles, together with 3 live creatures. Did not like to see the animals in the cages, there did not seem enough room for them (especially the big cats).... More

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Lincoln, Massachusetts
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98 reviews 98 reviews
15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

This is an excellent museum, very nicely laid out with superb exhibits, history, nature, and artifacts, The gift store has a very good selection of items and we enjoyed the lynx, bobcat, and gila monsters, particularly that the lynx and bobcat were unable to survive in the wild so were being provided a safe home within the museum's confines. Definitely,... More

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Berkeley CA
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This gorgeous museum deserves your attention. Indoor and outdoor exhibits -- historical, geological, and cultural information combined with live animals and places to run and play. Interesting variety of programs and lectures every day. Excellent gift shop.

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Albany, OR
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93 reviews 93 reviews
6 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

My sister and I spent several hours yesterday at the museum. It is awesome. There is so much to see and learn here. All ages will enjoy and learn. The exhibits are extremely well done and authentic. We attended a couple of the lectures. Very informative and not too long. This is a place not to be missed. A number... More

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