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Address: 59800 S 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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The museum has both indoor and outdoor exhibits including rescue birds and otters. Indoors there are exhibits from the high desert and its history. Our granddaughter age 8... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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100 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The museum has both indoor and outdoor exhibits including rescue birds and otters. Indoors there are exhibits from the high desert and its history. Our granddaughter age 8 enjoyed it all as did the adults. Outdoors there is a replica sawmill with several out buildings.

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Baudette, Minnesota, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A fun place to visit and explore for all ages! Lots to see and learn about the area. You will want to return as there is so much to see.

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Fremont, California
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4,340 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,250 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went to the High Desert Museum. This is a very nice indoor and outdoor museum. There are various exhibits in the museum such as western art, depression era living, Native American exhibits, animal exhibits, a forest service fire truck, and more. Outside there is a variety of exhibits from sea otters, fish viewing areas, a western area with cabins... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This was a great spot to see rare animals up close. For bald eagles to otters and everything in between. We got a few feet from a endangered owl and got to see a bobcat for the first time. Not only are there animals available to see, (which are mostly rescued animals by the way) there is art, and museum... More 

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Thank Aaron E
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What a nice blend of exhibits -- from local artwork, to historical dioramas of the area, to a temporary exhibit on the WPA during the depressions, to live animal attractions and a fabulous outdoor exhibits. We had a great time. We especially enjoyed the raptor show midday. It was a small extra fee but worth it. It involves going down... More 

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Chico, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Very attractive grounds with bronze animal statues here and there throughout. The kids' favorites were the otter exhibit, Whose Home? play area and the Desertarium. Personally, I really enjoyed the Desert Dwellers presentation at 2:45. We got to see them bring out a skunk, badger and a porcupine and tell us more about them and answer questions. It is held... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was our second visit to the HDM, it is so good. They have interesting historical exhibits and a fabulous raptor/birds of prey show - don't miss it. We saw Harris hawks, Swainson's Hawk, Turkey Vulture and a couple of Peregrin Falcons. They have other birds not in the show: Bald Eagles, Golden Eagle, Great Horned Owl, Barn Owl .... More 

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Salem, Oregon, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were alittle sceptical when we first decided to go, but the hole family had fun, we enjoyed learning about new things, they had crafts for kids to do, stuffed animals out side that my son loved, nature walks around the area, great friendly staff, very inviting.

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Thank 11Beth11
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful, clean, interesting and educational. Staff is knowledgeable and fun. Great activities for kids. Loved finding treasures in the gift shop. Art exhibit is world class.

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Thank Julie R
Walla Walla, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is outstanding in every respect. The indoor exhibits are eye-catching and informative, and the outdoor displays are the same. However, on the day we went, the museum was closing early at 2:00 to prepare for their annual fundraiser event. While we were told of this as we purchased our admission ticket, it was disappointing because that meant we... More 

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