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High Desert Museum

Address: 59800 South Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
Phone Number: 541-382-4754
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Ranked #1 of 68 things to do in Bend
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Museums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Explore the nature, culture and spirit of the High Desert through fun, interactive, indoor and...
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Type: History museums, Museums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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.

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Corvallis, Oregon
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Lovely little museum among the pines, with nature talks every day & neat exhibits. Even an outdoor farm. I do miss the old "Sinners" exhibit with it's terrific huge old bar & barroom. They put in a brewery & beer exhibit. I can go to any pub to see that stuff & not pay admission.

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Bend, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The High Desert Museum is a must see when visiting Bend. It is a great experience for the entire family. Something for everyone.

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Bend, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

When the grand kids come to visit the high desert museum is always a hit, we have been several a times and always great fun for all

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Bend, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A great place to visit. There's so much to see and do. Lot's of hands on activities. Good for all ages.

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Bend, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Very nice, clean informative museum. Would definitely take out of town visitors here. There was something for all age groups and individual interests. I enjoy all the animals .

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Bend, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The High Desert Museum has something to offer for children and adults alike. If you're interested in learning about the living history and wildlife of the high desert region then this is the place to be. The grounds are beautiful and programs offered throughout the day are entertaining and educational. Children especially enjoy visiting with the living history interpreters at... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The HDM is a family oriented experience: something for all members with an emphasis on children. Some exhibits, depending on the day and season, have volunteers from the living history department, dressed in period costume, that offer an education dimension.

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Salem, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The newer exhibits are very kid friendly. The live animal exhibits are excellent. Be sure to check the otter feeding times and live bird info session where you can meet a raptor.

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Bend, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My family has a membership so that we can go whenever we want. Maybe a warm summer day just to hang outside or on a cold winter day to browse the changing inside exibets.

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Sunriver, Oregon, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a MUST see when in Bend. Plan the day with or without children. One of the most interesting day trips you will make.. Check out the shop also. Have Fun and Enjoy.

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