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High Desert Museum

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Address: 59800 South Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
Phone Number: 541-382-4754
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: Explore the nature, culture and spirit of the High Desert through fun...
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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Fun for kids

My 4 year old loved it here. It is small and costs a little much for adults to get in (12.00, year old was free) but there are play areas for kids and animals such as a bobcat... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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Beaverton, Oregon
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Beaverton, Oregon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW

My 4 year old loved it here. It is small and costs a little much for adults to get in (12.00, year old was free) but there are play areas for kids and animals such as a bobcat, raccoon, river otter, owls, eagles, snakes, lizards, etc. My daughter could have spent a day there

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Vancouver Island
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

This is a very nice place to visit for an hour or so, even longer with young children. It is fairly small but very well done and quite educational about the animals of the high desert. For those living in the area it would be a great day trip. For travelers it is a nice stop along the way but... More 

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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169 reviews 169 reviews
35 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This is such a fun place to explore and learn about the high desert. From plants to animals, for young and old, this is a great place to spend the day

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Lake Oswego, Oregon
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135 reviews 135 reviews
27 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This is a museum that is focused on the region in which it lives, and I found that to be a major part of the attraction of the place. It provides information on the history, cultures, and natural environment of the Columbia Plateau and Great Basin in ways that are accessible to children and adults. A good number of living... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

There are so many things to look at our kids loved it it is very great for a family outing great and informing sweet animals the helpers are so sweet and helpful just a grand time the artifacts are so wonderful

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Bend, Oregon
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is a great way to get to find out about the Oregon high desert, its native wildlife and History. This is a world class museum, a must see.

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We have so much every time we go to the High Desert Museum. From little kids to Grandparents there is something there for everyone to do. My son loves the Otters and we spend lots of time watching them swim and play. We also love the old towns both inside and out. Just a great time every time we go.

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Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I do love the High Desert museum, it has live animals and exhibits. There are stable exhibits and special exhibits that make it a little new each time. I would say that the HDM is not for early teens/teens. I took my niece and a friend's daughter, both 13, and they were bored. Maybe it's their age that everything is... More 

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Corvallis, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We're longtime members and enjoy every visit. Always fun to watch the otter(s) and visit the birds of prey. It's especially entertaining to visit when the settlers' cabin is "inhabited" by residents of 19th century central Oregon. Really takes you back in time. Also a treat when the sawmill is operating. When it's not, you can see an intricate scale... More 

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Ridgefield
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We took a chance on this museum on a recent trip to Redmond/Bend. I wasn't sure how much they would have for younger children (ages 3 and 4). From the parking lot, we had them hooked! It was beautiful and sunny (about 65 degrees) but there was still piles of snow on the ground! All the way in to the... More 

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