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High Desert Museum

59800 South Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
541-382-4754
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Ranked #2 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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Chicago
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61 reviews 61 reviews
8 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

The outdoor spaces make this museum special. We especially enjoyed the river otter exhibit. We also enjoyed the old homestead and logging buildings.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I liked this museum, I volunteer at the Portland Art Museum, and everyone wss really nice, the building flows into the landscape, a bit pricey.

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Portland, Oregon
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438 reviews 438 reviews
66 attraction reviews
237 helpful votes 237 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Our 7-year old granddaughter wanted to see the animals but not the human history exhibits, so she enjoyed the indoor exhibits more than many of the the outdoor exhibits. Grandparents enjoyed all the exhibits and appreciated reading about the injuries, sicknesses, etc. that had put the animals in the Museum's care.

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Portland, Oregon
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144 reviews 144 reviews
78 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Nice place, well organized,and the raptor presentations were really good. As were the otter presentations -- so cute. Nicely laid out, with a good wildlife viewing area. A little pricey, but worth it.

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Reno, Nevada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We had no idea what we were entering, but got a kick out of it. A fun assortment of excellent dioramas, miscellaneous samples of wildlife (rescued animals, I believe), fun activities for kids, a large outdoor area, lots of well done presentations of information, etc.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

we enjoyed great weather, so we spent a lot of time outside as well as indoors. there were informative talks offered, and not sure if that was coincidental to "senior day" or whether that's typical. the animals are fun to observe,and the whole lay-out is easy to navigate and fun to explore. it's informative and not at all stuffy. we... More

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Portland, Oregon
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We went here with a 2 year old and spent 2.5 hours here. The otters were sleeping but the woods were peaceful. We watched birds, saw the horse and the birds. The exhibits for adults were well done. There was plenty for children as well. We are glad we went.

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Bellevue, Nebraska
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105 reviews 105 reviews
47 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The word "museum" is misleading. This is much more than just a collection of artifacts. There are animals, a living history 1904 sawmill, and two wonderful permanent exhibits, one on the Native Americans of the High Desert and the other on the history of settlement in the area. There is a nice restaurant with outdoor seating.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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75 reviews 75 reviews
30 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Very nice place to stop. Not really a museum per se as much of it is outdoors and plenty of space to walk around. Some very nice artwork inside and out as well. We spent about three hours looking around on a very warm October day. Very interesting. Only downside: the espresso in the cafe is below par. A must... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014 via mobile

The animals were not in cages big enough for them to be healthy. I'm not a fan. The place was super lame.

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