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Address: 59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
Phone Number: +1 541-382-4754
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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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Terrific Museum in Bend, OR

The High Desert Museum is a unique experience of the High dessert of Central Oregon. There is a working saw mill (part time), an early 20th Century Ranch, liver river otters... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Bend, Oregon
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Bend, Oregon
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The High Desert Museum is a unique experience of the High dessert of Central Oregon. There is a working saw mill (part time), an early 20th Century Ranch, liver river otters, flying raptors (summer only), interpreters, and changing exhibits. Some interpreters explain the flora of the High Desert. Others guide guests through the Spirit of the West ,a nd By... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Well maintained museum and grounds that balance outside activities with inside experiences. I think those with kids would give it a 5 star rating since some of the many exhibitions are geared towards engaging kids (I.e. Interaction with period Actors in the saw mill village letting you pump water, outdoor play area called Dig, Crawl, Climb). I first did outdoor,... More 

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Glenwood, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I recently visited this museum with my exuberant young grandson! He was in charge of the visitor's guide and we went from one gallery area to the next, being wowed and surprised at each one! We especially liked the Hall of Exploration and Settlement - volunteers were in period clothing along the way and each area was specific to a... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago 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 3 days ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago 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 5 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 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 5 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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