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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
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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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Best place for some history and looking at local wildlife. They actually got my children to pump well water and wash clothes by hand. It was hot so bring some water and snacks... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Santa Clara, California
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Best place for some history and looking at local wildlife. They actually got my children to pump well water and wash clothes by hand. It was hot so bring some water and snacks for outside tour. The outside was just as awesome as what was inside the museum. Great trip and very educational for adults and children.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Loved this museum. It was fun and interactive. To be able to walk through the exhibits was very cool. The Otters are very playful. We got there a little late so we didn't get to see the raptor exhibit, but definitely worth going back to check out again.

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Stafford, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Something for everyone. Art, animals, history and reenactors. Don't miss the otters and critters show.

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Granite Bay, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Did not have high expectations but this place is awesome. Great for wearing kiddos out and fun for adults too. Definitely worth a look!

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Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The High Desert Museum has constantly changing displays. The Museum and grounds are superbly maintained and staffed with dedicated volunteers.

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Roselle Park, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped on a whim and were glad that we did. Animals appear to be very well cared for and the historical displays were great. Facilities were very clean and staff was friendly.

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Cave Junction, OR
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We've visited several times and always enjoyed our time. The indoor exhibits are well done and informative. There are a small number of wild animals on display that were injured and can not be released into the wild. Two to three hours should be allowed to enjoy the facility.

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Netarts, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a very unique museum. Well kept facilities, friendly, helpful staff as well. We really enjoyed all of the exhibits and tours given by the museum staff. There are lots of unique animals and even a 1904 sawmill and settlement with staff that acts in period for the area. It was very fun to see it all. Highly recommend... More 

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Blackfalds, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Our party included ages from 8 to 65 and all of us had a great time. The museum building had displays featuring Depression Era artwork, rescued wild animals living in good enclosures, weather facts, American Indian artifacts and historical information. One of my favourite exhibits was a replica of a room at the Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood. My parents... More 

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Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is one of the coolest museum I have been to. Great for kids and they will learn and not even know it. The animals are so cool with the porcupine being the most interesting. Very close to Bend a great three hour side trip. You will stay longer.

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