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High Desert Museum

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Address: 59800 South Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
Phone Number: +1 541-382-4754
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: The museum, set on 135 acres of pine forest, has something for everyone...
The museum, set on 135 acres of pine forest, has something for everyone. Explore the nature, culture and spirit of the High Desert through fun, interactive, indoor and outdoor exhibits. Encounter live animals, interact with living history characters at the Miller Ranch, visit the 1904 sawmill. See what life was like for pioneers, enjoy Western art and an extensive Native American collection. Special programs and events for all ages.
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There is something cool for the whole family Great interactive hands on experience for everyone. Got to learn about cowboys Indians desert life animals life in a log cabins. If... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

There is something cool for the whole family Great interactive hands on experience for everyone. Got to learn about cowboys Indians desert life animals life in a log cabins. If you have kids they will love it

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Hilversum, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

I can see why a lot of people love this place. They have put in a lot of effort with the exhibits and I particularly enjoyed the one about the old west settlers. They also offer free kennels to keep your dog in when visiting. The reason I give only a 3 star rating is that I expected to see... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is a great place for families. It has history of the high desert and live animals of the high desert.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I spent a few hours here. The museum was well maintained. The cast of characters in old town were informative and engaging.price was fair.

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Central Oregon, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The High Desert Museum is both informative and fun. There are many exhibits about the local area and its history. There are also demonstrations of raptor birds in flight. The museum regularly adds new exhibits to keep things fresh. Easily found south of Bend.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

We last visited the museum shortly after it opened. We loved it then and appreciate the expansions and additions to programs since then.

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Orinda, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

If you want to get a lot of museum bang for your buck, this place is hard to beat. From an SF Bay area point of view, it's kind of like a combination of the Lindsey Wildlife Museum, Ardenwood Historic Farm, the Oregon equivalent of the Oakland Museum's California History wing, and a little bit of the Monterey Bay aquarium.... More 

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Eagle Point, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Museum was a great experience - the group really enjoyed many of the exhibits. good lighting, and interesting . However most of the exhibits in the insects/ jellyfish exhibit lights were out and you really couldn't see much - that was disappointing - most of exhibits seemed to be broken. Also Otter exhibit - nothing to see - no otter... More 

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

Great experience for the whole family. Give yourself time to see everything, including the live talks.

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 NEW

Well worth the few hours it takes to walk though exhibits. Has both indoor and outdoor exhibits, animals and history.

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