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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 25 attractions in Bend
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Bend, Oregon
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

A really well done museum with lots to see and do for both children and adults. My wife and I live here and still enjoy going two or three times a year. There are things to see and do both inside and outside.

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Bend, Oregon
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Some fun areas, but I feel they charge too much for entry. Small children only want to see the animals, which is not always what you may expect.

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Puerto Galera
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Basic....old and tired presentations...some exhibits in bad shape for neglect. Excellent facility but needs help.

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Bend, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

All my visitors with kids go there. Otters, a real time gone by cabin, raptors, intelligent guides. Go!

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Bend, Oregon
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The High Desert Museum, just a bit South of Bend, Oregon on Hwy 97 is a treat for the whole family. There are rotating displays about Oregon wildlife and history. There is a wonderful gift shop with lots of goodies for the traveler and a nice clean place to eat. The High Desert Museum should be high on the list... More

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Bend, Oregon
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37 reviews 37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We live in Bend, we have a membership at the museum. Our grandchildren 10, 7, & 2 love to go here. There is lots to do and see, from live animals, living history, tours, talks, etc. They do a good job of changing exhibits so there is always something new to discover. The volunteers are good to give out interesting... More

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Bend, Oregon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

There is something here for everyone....art, artifact, cuddly and not so cuddly creatures, and good food. It is the first thing my Grand Daughter wants to do when she hits town....go see the otters. She knows them by name. It has been, for her, the perfect place since she was two. It grows with her. She is now ten. Her... More

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Bend, Oregon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you enjoy natural history and animals, this is a must do. This is a first rate museum with something for most everyone.

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Portland
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55 reviews 55 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

high desert always has something that is interesting for kids and adults- we go every summer when we are in Bend. The natural setting and the wildlife from the area are unique

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Bellingham, Washington
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

I have to say that we were'nt planning on stopping at this museum, but the lava flow trail nearby was closed for the season, so our next attraction that we came to was the "High Desert Museum" We figured that we would stop, get out and look around, and then decide on what to do. First thing we noticed: As... More

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