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“Much more than a museum” 5 of 5 stars
Review of High Desert Museum

High Desert Museum
59800 South Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
541-382-4754
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Ranked #1 of 71 things to do in Bend
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Activities: Viewing wildlife
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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.
northern California
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56 reviews 56 reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Much more than a museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This is a celebration of everything the High Desert has to offer. The river otters outdoors, and the raptors, are just mesmerizing. Indoors, you'll wander through exhibits that give you a feel for the land around you. If I lived in Bend, I'd visit every year to see what new things are offered. It's well worth the time and entry fee.

Visited September 2013
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“Great for all ages”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

I have visited the museum numerous times and find it's changing programs always interesting. The outdoor exhibits are always a big hit with the kids and adults. I especially like to watch the otters play.

Visited August 2013
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Ashland, Oregon
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63 reviews 63 reviews
5 attraction reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
“Definitely worth a visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

We learned a lot about a part of Oregon we knew little about. We particularly liked the wing that focused on the Plateau Indians. We also got a good history lesson about the westward migration, the gold rush, and life in the 1800's by taking a docent-led tour. This museum is definitely worth a visit.

Visited October 2013
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Bend, Oregon
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“Great for young kids”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

I live in Bend and take my 2 year old daughter at least once a month. There are lots of activities for little ones - there is both an indoor and outdoor play area. The animal exhibits are great as well. Even exploring the grounds and seeing the trout outside are fun for her.

Visited October 2013
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Redmond, Washington
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Good Activity for the Family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

This is a really nice museum with live animals and historical displays. A good visit for families. I recommend 2 to 3 hours is all you need to see it all.

Visited September 2013
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