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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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Great source of history

Wonderful place to bring visiting friends and relatives to learn about Oregon and Bend. Short drive from anywhere in Bend. Check out the bird exhibit; outdoors with variety of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Bend, Oregon
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Bend, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Wonderful place to bring visiting friends and relatives to learn about Oregon and Bend. Short drive from anywhere in Bend. Check out the bird exhibit; outdoors with variety of raptors flyiing overhead as the staff talks about each species.

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Roseburg, Oregon
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I passed by this museum many times when visiting Bend, and finall I decided I would check it out. I ended up spending hours there, because there is just so much to see. This interactive inside and outside museum brings you back in time with real recreations. Great for adults of children

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Check the schedule to see when presentations are offered. Number of animals on exhibit. Especially liked the bobcat. Our favorite exhibits were the Plains Indians as well as the special exhibit on beer/brewing which is ending May 31. Restaurant was not too expensive and the food pretty good

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Oceanside, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Very interesting and well presented displays, so glad we visited. The settlers homestead was particularly good.

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Vancouver, Washington
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47 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

The High Desert Museum just a few miles south of Bend on Highway 97 is very interesting but take your time. I have been to this museum a number time and found new things to see and learn.

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Salinas, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

We have gone to the High Desert Museum twice during trips to central Oregon. We enjoyed the museum and exhibits both times. Informative, tastefully done, and a lot to see. We spent several hours, and we were able to go at our own pace. One of our favorite museums.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I learned much more than I ever thought there was to know. The exhibits were great. The outdoor exhibits were nice and fun. The location was lovely as was the buildings and grounds. Staff was helpful and pleasant. Recommend!

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San Jose, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Went to Bend to ski but was too windy that day. Went to the museum to fill time and the kids loved it. Live animal displays so more zoo than museum. Interesting enough for adults, too. Don't have to visit Bend just for the museum but if in the area, a very nice stop.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The place was awesome! Me and my friends went there to hang out saw tons of cool things, took pictures, and sulveniers from the gift shop.

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Fun for kids and adults, we love this museum! They had a cougar in the front, it was rescued and could not be released back into the wild. Clean, friendly and fun.

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