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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
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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First time we have actually stopped here though we've driven by many times and always wondered. Great museum and surprisingly large collection. We went towards the end of the day... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Winchester, Oregon
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Winchester, Oregon
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61 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

First time we have actually stopped here though we've driven by many times and always wondered. Great museum and surprisingly large collection. We went towards the end of the day and found that the admission price is discounted, though we didn't have enough time to see everything. We look forward to coming back when our kids get older. Great way... More 

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Mesa, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

This museum in Bend combines living history, live wildlife, fascinating information on Indians and settlers, and much more. All the exhibits are first class. Curator talks are held throughout the day. It requires more than a full day to take in everything. It should not be missed if you are anywhere close to the Bend area.

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columbus, oh
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Very neat little museum, awesome owls and birds of prey. The otter exhibit attracted me, but they were not to be found. Historical homestead and equipment was amazing and their staff are well informed. Perfect for young families! Many hands on exhibits!

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Portland, OR
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37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This is one of the must do things in Central Oregon. Located about 20 minutes south of Bend off Hwy 97, just follow the signs, it gives one a glimpse of the flora and fauna of the high Cascades. It is just north of Sun River to the east of the Hwy.

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Mountain View, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

Well thought thought out. Great displays! Fun education shows. There's times to pet some of the reptiles! Great!

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Admission required. There's outside and inside sections. There's also a little cafe, which was nice. The gift shop is really nice, too.

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Bend, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Seasonal exhibits on art, animals and history compliment the mainstay of raptor birds, otters, reptiles and fish. The restaurant is always a winner for lunch with great soups, burgers and sandwiches and the gift shop has beautiful high quality items for all ages.

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Bend, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Great place to visit at various times of the year. See bobcats, skunks, desert snakes and many other fun things. Fun to visit for adults as well as with children.

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Bend, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

History, geology, biology is all there at the High Desert Museum. If you want to know how the unique environment in Central Oregon came to be, this is the place. Many hands on exhibits, expert presentation and wildlife viewing opportunities. Whenever I have visitors who want to know about where I live, this is my go to place.

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Portland, Oregon
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

Zoo and museum. Something for everyone. So many animals. We loved it and will go back. Don't miss it! The Exhibits are wonderful.

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Additional Information about High Desert Museum

Address: 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

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