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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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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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Well worth the price of admission

The kids liked the live animal exhibits. Good value for the admission price. Make sure you go see the sea otters during the "show" times as they tend to hide other times.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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Penticton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The kids liked the live animal exhibits. Good value for the admission price. Make sure you go see the sea otters during the "show" times as they tend to hide other times.

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Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

This museum is very well done. My kids (8 & 10) love it and it's always a treat. There are quite a few live animals to see. Birds of pray, river otters, raccoon, and a lynx. They put on a great birds of pray show if you have the time. There is information on are areas history. There is an... More 

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La Pine, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

I've been there many times, took my great granddaughters, they were impressed with most exhibits, and the otters! The pioneer area isn't as fun as it used to be, the volunteer there was cranky!!!

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Kennewick, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

My kids were bored, but the hubster and I enjoyed walking through. There is interesting history as well as suggestions for hikes and other things to do.

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beautiful NC mountains
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This museum has a spacious, lovely setting in a Ponderosa Forest. We only went because someone on the plane said to me, "Go." We liked it so much, my daughter bought a pass, and we returned the next day. Most, if not all, of the major animals in the displays are rescues. We especially enjoyed the bird show. For this,... More 

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Mosier, Oregon, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

perfect for my early teen grandsons. Something for each of them, you will find that the case too. There are feeding programs and day hikes...DO IT ALL! If your dogs are crated there is an outdoor shade tent for them. Finally, if you don't bring a lunch the cafe is no more expensive than most Bend cafes and the food... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

Wonderful experience. The building architecture, including materials and design was impressive and very fitting in the setting; the large outdoor area included excellently maintained and accessible paved walkways through natural high desert vegetation. The main building included several very detailed and realistic dioramas … much thought was given to their design and they included an amazing collection of artifacts arranged... More 

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Silverton, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

This is a remarkable museum. There are raptor talks, a pioneer village with real people telling their story and a really great display of local indians. The drawback is it closes at 5.00pm and the cafe closes at 4.00pm. They provide tables and chairs for folk who bring their own food. The children will love iot

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Los Gatos, Ca
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

We thought the museum was very well done-easy to navigate-good exhibits and appealing to everyone. The grounds were immaculate and exhibits were quite interesting

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Annapolis, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

This is a great museum for kids. The en-actors at the settlers' cabin are first rate, especially the doctor and the school teacher. Try to get there before noon so you can get tickets for the 12:30 raptor demonstration.

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Additional Information about High Desert Museum

Address: 59800 South Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
Phone Number: +1 541-382-4754
Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Central Oregon  >  Bend
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 11 - 11

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