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High Desert Museum

59800 South Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
541-382-4754
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Ranked #1 of 27 Attractions in Bend
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Museums, History Museums
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Owner description: Explore the nature, culture and spirit of the High Desert through fun, interactive, indoor and outdoor exhibits with live animals, live historical... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Salem, Oregon, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Spent a great afternoon here with my sister from Iowa and a couple of Bend friends. It had been a long time since I last visited the museum. I was impressed with how much it had grown. The exhibits are designed for many age groups and provide a broad perspective on Central Oregon. My favorite still remains the river otters.... More

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Salem, Oregon
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50 reviews 50 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

What an interesting place. Spent most of the afternoon, walking the trails to the outdoor exhibits. A good combination of history- exploring the early days of oregon, and the natural flora and fauna of this great state. Families were drawn to the otter exhibit- the otters didn't seem to mind. The raptor show was amazing- never been that close to... More

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Bend, Oregon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I have been to the High Desert Museum many times. We take our grand kids every time they visit us in Bend. Very interesting and wonderful outdoor area so the kids can move as they like to do. We saw a great show last summer featuring a skunk, a badger, and a porcupine right in front of us. Fun and... More

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Minneapolis, MN
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154 reviews 154 reviews
100 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

They've got animals, history, the old farmhouse and sawmill, any exhibits and art. The kids we saw were all having a great time, to. There is a lot to see and do here and it will take you at least three hours. This is our second visit, and it is just as delightful as the first time.

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Federal Way
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

It was nice to see so many rescued animals being well cared for. Lots and lots of very informative exhibits and presentations.

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Grand Blanc, Mi
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152 reviews 152 reviews
61 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Here is a truly great collection of displays and activities to make you understand the high desert. Everything is so well done that you won't want to wait to get to the next part. You have to plan on staying for a while so that you can atttend various talks that only happen once or twice a day. Great fun... More

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Canberra, Australia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

One of the best examples of a regional and cultural museum. The life-size diorama sections felt like I was living in the pioneer days (very immersive feel - like playing Red Dead Redemption). A great way to spend the day.

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Mount Vernon, Washington
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19 reviews 19 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This was a great stop just outside of Bend. We dropped by after breakfast and enjoyed a few hours of history and nature. We heard great reviews and were pleasantly surprised.

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Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

it was a great place for fam and kids we all had a wonderful time see everything the weather was perfect for this weekend

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Bend, Oregon
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215 reviews 215 reviews
49 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Get a close-up of native wildlife, such as otters, bobcats, porcupines, eagles and badgers. Changing exhibits make this a great museum for adults and children to return to. The interesting animals of the high desert make this a fun place for the kids to visit. If you arrive around 11:30 you may time your visit so that you can see... More

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