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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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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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what a wonderful and, yes, meaningful experience! the insights that you gather in this magnificent museum are priceless... for young and mature!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Vancouver
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

what a wonderful and, yes, meaningful experience! the insights that you gather in this magnificent museum are priceless... for young and mature!

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Portland, Oregon
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This museum was spectacular. It is by far one of the most well done museums I've ever seen. I never expected to find something this good in Bend. (no offense Bend!) Your kids will definitely love it. My kids were all mad because they did NOT want to go to a museum. By the time they left they all agreed... More 

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Tukwila, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

My son and I loved this place! So many interesting things to see and learn about the area around Bend. Because of the time of year the Birds of Prey presentation was inside instead of outside but they brought the Peregrine Falcon out and it was a beautiful animal to see! I hope to go back during the summer and... More 

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Washington State
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68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Loved the raptors! Would have liked to have seen more than one raptor in the live talk, though. A little hard to photograph the ones outside because of the type of enclosure.

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Wonderful place to bring visiting friends and relatives to learn about Oregon and Bend. Short drive from anywhere in Bend. Check out the bird exhibit; outdoors with variety of raptors flyiing overhead as the staff talks about each species.

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Roseburg, Oregon
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I passed by this museum many times when visiting Bend, and finall I decided I would check it out. I ended up spending hours there, because there is just so much to see. This interactive inside and outside museum brings you back in time with real recreations. Great for adults of children

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Check the schedule to see when presentations are offered. Number of animals on exhibit. Especially liked the bobcat. Our favorite exhibits were the Plains Indians as well as the special exhibit on beer/brewing which is ending May 31. Restaurant was not too expensive and the food pretty good

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Oceanside, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Very interesting and well presented displays, so glad we visited. The settlers homestead was particularly good.

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Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The High Desert Museum just a few miles south of Bend on Highway 97 is very interesting but take your time. I have been to this museum a number time and found new things to see and learn.

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Salinas, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We have gone to the High Desert Museum twice during trips to central Oregon. We enjoyed the museum and exhibits both times. Informative, tastefully done, and a lot to see. We spent several hours, and we were able to go at our own pace. One of our favorite museums.

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