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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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Wasington State
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

We spotted the High Desert museum on our way to Lapine State Park. It was way better than we expected, and took more time than we originally estimated-- but in a good way! We liked the mix of museum and live animal exhibits. We were lucky to catch the raptor birds of prey show VERY cool and we definitely recommend.... More

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Providence, Rhode Island
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50 reviews 50 reviews
11 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

You could easily spend 2-3 hours exploring this little gem. The building is beautiful and the exhibits are so well done. We especially loved the Oregon Trail exhibits and the lynx and bobcat displays. In addition to the beautiful exhibits inside, there is a loving stroll through the woods outside with an otter exhibit and a living history settlement including... More

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Grand Rapids, MI
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

I took WAY too much time at this place. We started late in the day, but the staff was able to validate my purchase ticket for the next day so I could see it all. Both indoor and outdoor museums were fun to see. This is well worth the ticket price and about 6 hours of time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Awesome Raptor show! Definitely worth the trip! The exhibits were well done and informative. Even the restaurant was good.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Check in advance for the live animal exhibits that go on throughout the day. Love the otters, badgers, and porcupines. Also thought the birds of prey were amazing. Seeing a bald eagle in person was unforgettable.

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Los Gatos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Educational tour focused on the local wildlife and Natural History. I Recommend you go at least two hours before closing time, to avoid being rushed.

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Frederick, Maryland
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57 reviews 57 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

My husband dragged us to the High Desert Museum. On paper it looked very boring to me. I'm not a fan of American history and I don't really care that much about deserts. So I was prepared to spend a lot of time just sitting around while he looked at the exhibits. I am pleased to say that I couldn't... More

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Seattle, Washington
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102 reviews 102 reviews
31 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We first visited the High Desert Museum a little more than ten years ago. It was an excellent museum then, and it is an even better museum now. The best part of the museum is the extensive display of a pioneer homestead and saw mill from around 1900. There are horses, chickens, logs ready for sawing, barns, etc. It is... More

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Excellent exhibits with interpretive and interactive displays. The "Raptors of the sky" is a must. Plan on two hours minimum.

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Tacoma, Wa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

On our long Oregon road trip, summer of 2014, my girlfriend and I decided to stop in on this little gem tucked alongside highway 97. The previous day coming into town we stopped at a rest area and I met an old man and his cockatoo who highly recommended the museum. The old man made the recommendation not the bird,... More

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