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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 17 Attractions 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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Portland, Oregon
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

The museum is easy to find, just south of Bend on Hwy 97. It is a great family museum. There are many exhibits and short talks by museum volunteers about the animals. In a day's visit we were able to hear about snakes, lizards and turtles and touch all three; porcupines (we didn't touch them) but saw them up close... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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46 reviews 46 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

This museum is right on highway 97, just south of Bend and a great place to take the family. There are many exhibits that the kids will particularly enjoy...and quite a few birds and other wildlife on hand for viewing. The staff does an excellent job in also putting on presentations relating to the wildlife that lives in the area.

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Bend, Oregon
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

When the family goes on vacation, often times there is an awkward period when the generations try to figure out what each generation is to do. In Bend, one solution is the High Desert Museum. There is something for everyone. 3 year olds have as much fun as the 90 year olds.

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Bend, Oregon
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

We enjoyed the Flight program, tho a bit young for my 10 year old grandson which surprised me. We spent time in the Art exhibit with local Sister's OR watercolor artist whose exhibit displayed her paintings of all kinds of agricultural scenes, from typical orchards to commercial fishing, brewing, vineyards. Her sketch books drew special attention as my grandson draws... More 

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BEND
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is one tourist attraction to be put on your list when coming to Deschutes County. Always educational and great displays to be seen.

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HDM_Raptor, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your visit, Shirley! Thank you for posting about the museum. More 

Bend, Oregon
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We go once a year to High Desert Museum with the grandkids. They love the exhibits - especially the reptiles and the birds. The museum is the perfect size - large enough to be really interesting but small enough to see in 1/2 a day max. The bird talk by the docent is excellent - for kids and adults!

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Ellensburg, Washington
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It was so well laid out, in the perfect outdoor setting. Thoughtful care to every detail inside and out. The displays were extensive and so paintstakingly put together, you must think it took many years to achieve the outcome...

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HDM_Raptor, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your excellent review! We do pay close attention to detail and are glad you noticed. Hope you visit again soon. More 

Bend, Oregon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

I've been going to the high desert museum for 19 years. Whether it's a school field trip or friends from out of town are visiting. It's a good way to spend an afternoon. Kids can run around outside and do lots of hands on "work". A great place to visit if you come to Central Oregon.

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HDM_Raptor, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review! So glad that you enjoy your time here. More 

West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We vsited the High Desert Museum during a trip west with our kids, 23 and 13. The museum itself is very nicely constructed and decorated-- understated but very nice. The displays were well done but I have to admit that they didn't hold our interest as long as we would have liked. My favorite part was the outdoor area that... More 

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HDM_Raptor, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting the museum and for taking the time to review us. We're glad you enjoyed the exhibits and grounds. More 

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119 reviews 119 reviews
21 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

nice place. very well done and appealing. interesting exhibits- very informative. its pretty and quiet and just a neat place to spend half a day. check it out!

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Thank you for your great review! We're happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. More 

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