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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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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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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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High Desert Museum... I highly recommend!

We loved The High Desert Museum! Just outside of Bend. We loved the bird show and seeing the saw mill in action. We will defiantly return.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

We loved The High Desert Museum! Just outside of Bend. We loved the bird show and seeing the saw mill in action. We will defiantly return.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Great local history and hands on areas for kids. Actors in areas for interaction regarding history of exhibits. Wildlife exhibits and presentations.

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Great museum! Love the raptor flights! The otter display is wonderful and improving soon. Scenery is beautiful there, plus daily shows of different aspects of the high desert of long ago and now. They regularly have special events and rotating displays.

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portland
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62 reviews 62 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Loved the talk on birds of prey as well as a previous talk on bats. Both featured live creatures. Very informative (and we've seen a lot of these before)

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Beaverton, Oregon
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

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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27 reviews 27 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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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172 reviews 172 reviews
36 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

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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27 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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
14 helpful votes 14 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
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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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