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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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Very well done and a great family experience

Both inside and outside exhibits ... live raptor shows daily (at least in season), lovely museum exhibits and additional outdoor 'experiences' makes this a perfectly relatable... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Roseburg, Oregon
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7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

I'm not much into museums, so I probably should review this one. I had heard it was a great place. We weren't there on a weekend, maybe weekends they have more interesting things going on. Like I stated in title, the otter's were fun too watch. I also thought it was kind of expensive, $18 per adult. I guess the... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Both inside and outside exhibits ... live raptor shows daily (at least in season), lovely museum exhibits and additional outdoor 'experiences' makes this a perfectly relatable museum for kids. Don't miss it if you're in the area and new to Central Oregon!

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Bend, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

My wife and daughter have both gone to this museum twice in the past year for my daughter's school here in the Bend La Pine School District, Bend, OR. They really liked the displays and such.

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

On a rare summer day in Bend with less than perfect weather, we went to the High Desert Museum. It was interesting for both our young children, as well as for us.

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Bend, Oregon
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83 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

High Desert Museum is always a delight, both for travelers and to locals. The Birds of Prey demonstration is amazing and the tank where you can observe river otters in a natural stream is always entertaining, as well as uber educational. Take ALL the family.

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

If you are in the area of Bend this is a place you shouldn't miss. There is an indoor museum and outdoor trails that you can walk on. You learn a lot about the area, the flora and fauna as well as the animals and history of the volcanic landscape. It is an extremely interesting story. There are rocks and... More 

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San Francisco, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Great overview of the geography, animals, and cultural history of the Bend area. The collection of Native American artifacts is especially good. Don't miss the living exhibition of pioneer life.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

It is a different type of museum. There is a both an indoor and outdoor area containing wildlife such as otters, birds of prey and wildcats. There is also a small sawmill, which was not active when we visited and a small homesteader cabin and buildings with actors speaking in character about their life. The indoor exhibits were informative.

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Ridgefield, CT
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 372 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This museum has everything. wild animals that have been recued and rehabilitated in natural habitats, a frontier town with people who play the roles of a pioneer family, Native American art and cultural exhibits and more.Well presented and very family friendly. they have a great cafeteria, a nice gift shop and clean restrooms. Well worth a visit!

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Carefree, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Great museum, captures the history and economy of Oregon as well as the varied wildlife. Nicely laid out including a walking trail through the forest to wildlife observation areas, exhibits and a ranch with a sawmill. A great experience for old and young alike. Definitely a must see for the family, kids seem to love it.

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