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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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Central Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Situated about 5 miles south of Bend, it's nestled into tall stands of pine and other conifers. The indoor exhibits are nice. The inside western scene/mine are great for kids. Snakes, fish, turtles, etc are also available for viewing. Outdoors is a great play area and a great mill site/western town site. Parking is easy. If you are new to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This is a wonderful museum in the high desert! It is a great way to spend a day with the family. Kid will LOVE it!

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Pros: Great museum. The kids loved it. Great mix of western, dessert, native American cultures, part zoo, part museum. Excellent gift shop. Cons: Although you can see the Birds of Prey in their pens, you have to pay extra once you're already in to view the additional experience in this exhibit. Also, the old western home doesn't open until ~11am... More

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Bend, Oregon
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113 reviews 113 reviews
17 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

We have just moved to Bend and this is a must do for all our visitors. High Desert Museum makes a trip to Bend more realistic as one learns alot about our area. What's so amazing is that the Museum is privately funded. We were so impressed that we became Members. A must do.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

There are a wide variety of exhibit types, live animals, and presentations to choose from. There is plenty of detail if you're interested and there are many interactive exhibits for both adults and children. The raptor show is a must-see.

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Springfield
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41 reviews 41 reviews
13 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Very good place for families to visit with things to interest all ages. It consists of an indoor part with good, informative, displays, and an outdoor area that features a 1905 Oregon homestead which was especially kid friendly with hands on activities. I can see spending an entire morning or afternoon there.

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

We were just in time to get a guided tour. Not a lot of people as it was early so, we received a private tour. Our guide, sorry we didn't remember his name, was great. The time line history of the High Desert area was interesting and the rest of the exhibits nice. Well worth the stop

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Baltimore
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138 reviews 138 reviews
54 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

If you like nature and history this is your place. We went on a 50 minute tour where the guide was very informative about local plants,bushes and nature. We thoroughly enjoyed he bird feeder area. The authentic village wAs really cute and interesting. The museum inside was really big and is worthy of another visit. The birds of prey were... More

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Concord, California, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

A wonderful place to visit. Well thought out and informative. Loved the exhibits and the history they imparted

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Palo Alto, California
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23 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

If you pass through bend with kids, this is a must. Even without kids, it is highly recommended. Our kids specifically enjoyed the animal exhibits. We all - kids and adults alike - enjoyed the pioneers exhibits. The mine and old town are specifically impressive. Take a couple of hours to visit this museum, it is worth it.

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