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High Desert Museum

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Address: 59800 South Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
Phone Number: +1 541-382-4754
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Activities: Viewing wildlife
Description: The museum, set on 135 acres of pine forest, has something for everyone...
The museum, set on 135 acres of pine forest, has something for everyone. Explore the nature, culture and spirit of the High Desert through fun, interactive, indoor and outdoor exhibits. Encounter live animals, interact with living history characters at the Miller Ranch, visit the 1904 sawmill. See what life was like for pioneers, enjoy Western art and an extensive Native American collection. Special programs and events for all ages.
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Don't miss this gem in the High Desert

This place is a wonderful little museum just outside Bend, OR. Full of local history and exhibits. We used to take the kids there when we visited in the summers. They had live... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Vancouver, Washington
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Vancouver, Washington
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6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This place is a wonderful little museum just outside Bend, OR. Full of local history and exhibits. We used to take the kids there when we visited in the summers. They had live shows, sometimes with reptiles, sometimes with Birds of Prey. Always a hit with the kids and adults alike. It's easy to spend half a day there but... More 

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West Linn
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This museum is located just south of Bend and should be seen especially with family. It is well maintained and both the indoor and outdoor exhibits are excellent and educational. A raptor demonstration is held once a day on a seasonal basis.

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Roseburg, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

I'm not much into museums, so I probably should review this one. I had heard it was a great place. We weren't there on a weekend, maybe weekends they have more interesting things going on. Like I stated in title, the otter's were fun too watch. I also thought it was kind of expensive, $18 per adult. I guess the... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Both inside and outside exhibits ... live raptor shows daily (at least in season), lovely museum exhibits and additional outdoor 'experiences' makes this a perfectly relatable museum for kids. Don't miss it if you're in the area and new to Central Oregon!

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Bend, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

My wife and daughter have both gone to this museum twice in the past year for my daughter's school here in the Bend La Pine School District, Bend, OR. They really liked the displays and such.

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Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

On a rare summer day in Bend with less than perfect weather, we went to the High Desert Museum. It was interesting for both our young children, as well as for us.

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Bend, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

High Desert Museum is always a delight, both for travelers and to locals. The Birds of Prey demonstration is amazing and the tank where you can observe river otters in a natural stream is always entertaining, as well as uber educational. Take ALL the family.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

If you are in the area of Bend this is a place you shouldn't miss. There is an indoor museum and outdoor trails that you can walk on. You learn a lot about the area, the flora and fauna as well as the animals and history of the volcanic landscape. It is an extremely interesting story. There are rocks and... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Great overview of the geography, animals, and cultural history of the Bend area. The collection of Native American artifacts is especially good. Don't miss the living exhibition of pioneer life.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

It is a different type of museum. There is a both an indoor and outdoor area containing wildlife such as otters, birds of prey and wildcats. There is also a small sawmill, which was not active when we visited and a small homesteader cabin and buildings with actors speaking in character about their life. The indoor exhibits were informative.

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