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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 25 attractions in Bend
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Morgan Hill, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Last visit was a few years ago... Have been going to this museum since I was very little and can't wait to take my small children back this summer. Educational and well preserved

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La Paz, Mexico
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Please don't miss the HDM it is one of Central Oregon's treasures. The standing exhibits are very well done and there are often wild life demonstrations with real, live animals. Story times too! This is fun for the entire family.

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Bend, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Animals, birds, and lots of up-close encounters with Central Oregon history. Really a must-see. A beautifully designed and maintained facility - clean and impressive!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A place for the whole family.with a lot of historical inform about Bend.There is a snack bar and gift shop,also.

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Bend, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A really well done museum with lots to see and do for both children and adults. My wife and I live here and still enjoy going two or three times a year. There are things to see and do both inside and outside.

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Bend, Oregon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Some fun areas, but I feel they charge too much for entry. Small children only want to see the animals, which is not always what you may expect.

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Puerto Galera
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Basic....old and tired presentations...some exhibits in bad shape for neglect. Excellent facility but needs help.

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Bend, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

All my visitors with kids go there. Otters, a real time gone by cabin, raptors, intelligent guides. Go!

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The High Desert Museum, just a bit South of Bend, Oregon on Hwy 97 is a treat for the whole family. There are rotating displays about Oregon wildlife and history. There is a wonderful gift shop with lots of goodies for the traveler and a nice clean place to eat. The High Desert Museum should be high on the list... More

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Bend, Oregon
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8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

We live in Bend, we have a membership at the museum. Our grandchildren 10, 7, & 2 love to go here. There is lots to do and see, from live animals, living history, tours, talks, etc. They do a good job of changing exhibits so there is always something new to discover. The volunteers are good to give out interesting... More

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