High Desert Museum

High Desert Museum, Bend: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, High Desert Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

High Desert Museum
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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. Due to current state COVID-related restrictions, our outdoor exhibits, gift shop and cafe patio are open. All indoor exhibits are closed. Go to highdesertmuseum.org/tickets to see our reduced rates!
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Rebekajean
The Woodlands, TX1,003 contributions
Impressive and Fun For All Ages
May 2021
Hubby and I enjoyed the inside and outside exhibits at this beautiful clean and spacious museum. Note that they ask you to wear a mask inside and outside as well. While there are many exhibits adults would appreciate more than young children, the wildlife and outside exhibits did entertain the families that brought children. There are trails outside that are easy to navigate, lots of wild birds and chipmunks dashing around the outside area that kept many of the small kids busy. Animals included otters, a grey fox, chickens, assorted raptors, fish, lizards, turtles, snakes and other squirmy things. The artwork outside and inside was impressive. Inside had antique wagons, an antique car and an old stagecoach with all the trimmings and outside had a family ranch and sawmill with chickens wandering around. We were there for two hours and enjoyed everything. Well worth the price for the entire family.
Written May 9, 2021
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Peppertaz
Carmichael, CA756 contributions
Awesome find don’t miss it!!
Apr 2021 • Couples
This was a fabulous Museum with so much to see! There are animal exhibits as well my favorite was the otters but they had birds, a fox and lots of others as well. Very informative and take your time to see everything there is a lot outside as well. Make sure to ask about discounts you can save a lot of money if you are low income (get EBT) have AAA or are a veteran etc just ask. We were lucky to be able to drop in and not buy our tickets ahead of time since they weren’t to busy. (They were limiting admittance for Covid) if your coming by or staying in the area I’d say this is a must see! Totally worth it.
Written May 5, 2021
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Mark T
Hillsboro, OR2,270 contributions
Nice museum south of bend near north of Lava Lands/Newberry
Apr 2021
Nice museum with a wide variety of exhibits, historical, interactive and a number of animals includes eagles, hawks, owls, otters, grey foxes, porcupine, snakes, and tortoises. the interactive motorcycle jump exhibit was pretty cool. there is always the risk of parents who don't control their kids affecting your experience
Written April 18, 2021
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Carolyn D
Pasco, WA24 contributions
It was OK
Apr 2021
This museum was fairly interesting but the admission fee seemed high for what they offered. Some interesting exhibits but seeing caged animals... even snakes and frogs ...was a bit sad. Otters were pretty cute and entertaining. Didn’t care for the vultures feeding on the dead carcass statue but that’s me. Overall I give it a meh but pretty educational for kids and maybe it’s just not my cup of tea.
Written April 9, 2021
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Carolyn, thank you for your open and honest review. The visitor experience is so important to us and our teams do all look at constructive criticism as very useful opportunities. Please know that all of the wildlife in our care are non-releasable creatures. They all have a different story, from injuries to being imprinted on humans. Our wildlife team goes above and beyond in their enrichment and making sure they live full lives, knowing that if they were released into the wild, they wouldn't survive. They get to be here in our care and act as ambassadors for their species. I will pass on the comment about the vulture and deer installation to our curators and wildlife team. Thank you again for visiting and sharing your thoughts. We appreciate it!
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Teal
2 contributions
Good balance of educational and experiential
Apr 2021
Beautifully designed, with the right mix of educational (material to read and study) with experiential through observing live animals. Part indoors, part outdoors, for a nice stroll through the forest. There is a great raptor exhibit, and flying demonstrations at certain times of year. I’ve always enjoyed the gift store too!
Written April 4, 2021
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Mr. Anderson
Redmond, OR5 contributions
Such a cool place to go!
Jan 2021 • Friends
This place is such a fun family place. They do such a great job with all there exhibits. All the kids just love to see the activity throughout the year!
Written March 10, 2021
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reeltravelers
Central Oregon, OR119 contributions
A Must Do in Central Oregon
Jul 2020
Even with the pandemic, the OHDM continues to over a very high-quality learning experience for everyone in the family. We visited shortly after they re-opened and were very impressed with visitor flow and management, as well as the exhibits. We always enjoy the changing exhibits as well as the static ones.
Written November 2, 2020
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Erin S
Bend, OR18 contributions
Worth a visit every 6 months
Oct 2020
You wouldn’t expect Bend to have such a high quality museum that constantly adds to its experience. It’s not a Smithsonian but it’s pretty close in content and presentation.
Written October 22, 2020
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Crystal T
Portland, OR45 contributions
Quality exhibits indoor and outdoor
Oct 2020
The staff at High Desert Museum is extremely accommodating, so if you need anything, do ask. The effort to bring quality educational and historical exhibits to the public is obvious. I enjoyed the indoor displays as much as those outdoors. I appreciated a nod to Indian modernity in the Native American section, and the fun tribute to Burning Man. I was able to enjoy a large display of High Desert Art on the walls, which is not always there. I was surprised at how many animals are there! I was also surprised that there are people in period costumes at the living history section, who can tell you about blacksmithing and milling and homemaking in earlier times.
Written October 21, 2020
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Ellen4719
Auburn, WA750 contributions
Wonderful stop
Oct 2020 • Couples
We had not been to this museum for about 20 years and it really has changed. It was wonderful then and even better now. It works for all ages as there are things geared specifically for kids. Definitely worth your time and the price of admission.
Written October 19, 2020
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