High Desert Museum
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This one-of-a kind Museum reveals the nature of things in the West’s High Desert through artful exhibits, alluring animals, engaging programs and meaningful history. Otters, porcupines, owls, oh my! Encounter wildlife up close, explore the history and culture of this vast region and take in beautiful art. Get a close-up view of native wildlife, such as an otter, burrowing owl, porcupine and gray fox. Visit an authentic ranch and sawmill from 1904. In the summer, experience a close flying encounter with owls, falcons, hawks and even a vulture. Learn about Native American culture and history and delight your children with one of many fun, hands-on programs that bring history and science to life. With 135 acres and more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, it’s a “must see” for anyone traveling through the area. Go to highdesertmuseum.org/tickets for more details!
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,755 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
The museum is well set out with sections on different topics. The native American area has some wonderful exhibits. There dioramas are very good too, especially the mining one. About 2/3 of the museum is indoors so can be enjoyed if the weather isn't great and there is something to appeal to all age groups. You need to allow at least two hours for a visit.

However. I had expected to see more animals The birds were all out of bounds due to avian flu so the two main displays were cancelled. The porcupine was also absent so this only left a few reptiles, the fox and otters.

I do think when some of the main features are unavailable the entry price should be reduced accordingly and felt 20 USD entry was rather steep.
Written July 28, 2022
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Anthony T
Coeur d'Alene, ID192 contributions
Aug 2022
The rapter demonstration is amazing. I never expected to be so enthralled. It is definitely worth the extra ticket price. We also really enjoyed the river otter exhibit. Too many displays and animals are not currently open, but the museum is still worth the admission price.
Written August 18, 2022
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Pamela B
Newberg, OR87 contributions
Jul 2020
This was our second visit to the museum. We brought our elderly parents with us this time. We bought our tickets online about a month beforehand so we could get an assigned entry time in the morning. We found out from the desk attendant that they have very limited spaces for the various shows throughout the day and you must get a token from the desk to gain entry to the shows. The day was beautiful and our parents really enjoyed strolling through the outside exhibits as well as the museum inside. This is a wonderful place for all ages to spend a few hours exploring and learning.
Written July 17, 2020
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Stull1941@gmail.com
East Olympia, WA27 contributions
Jun 2022
We had high expectations. Displays inside were largely very armature. Otters were missing in action. Lunch was expensive and service was slow. Entry was $20 per person. The whole facility looks like it was patched together. Too call it a museum is an overstatement. Likely good for kids under 12. Covid recommendations were not present.
Written June 23, 2022
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Peppertaz
Carmichael, CA765 contributions
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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swim213
Kenmore, WA27 contributions
Aug 2022
We go here every time we visit Bend or Sunriver. This time was slightly disappointing. They call this museum a living history museum and that is in part due to the High Desert Ranch and Saw mill have live actors who act like they live on the ranch. This time they were not there and you could not help with ranch chores like watering the garden. You also could not go inside the ranch house. This is normally the highlight of our visit to the museum and our kids love it. We were there on a Monday and for whatever reason no one was working at the ranch and it was not operating as usual.
Additionally the birds of prey were not on display. I did not feel like this visit was worth it.
Written August 17, 2022
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Kim
Eugene, OR58 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
My husband and I went to the museum yesterday and had a fabulous day. There was so much to see. The exhibits were so well done. The staff was super friendly. Someone recently posted they felt it was a little pricey. I don't know what they are talking about. $17 seemed fair. The place was marvelous and must cost a fortune to keep going. We even ate ate the Cafe, my husband had a sandwich with fries and I had an ahi tuna green salad. $13 & $14. We would pay that anywhere. Usually in a place like this the food is crap and expensive. Not so here. Wonderful place for anyone to visit.
Written August 27, 2021
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NorCal
San Francisco, CA93 contributions
Aug 2022 • Friends
Fantastic museum with both inside and outside exhibits. Loved all the animals and the exhibits are the best I’ve seen outside of Smithsonian! Truly feel like you’re walking back in time. Don’t miss the pioneer logging camp outside exhibit. Huge amount of pride and care goes into this museum and it shows. They even have outdoor shaded really nice dog kennels for free with water where you can leave your dog safely while you visit the museum. Must do with in Bend for all ages!
Written August 22, 2022
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Joseph P
San Jose, CA398 contributions
Jun 2021
The best part of our morning visit was the Falcon talk at 10:00. The staff talked about a falcon and you could get close and see the bird. After the show, the path led to the rescue raptors (birds of prey) for good photo shots. Bald and golden eagles were best.
Fortunately, people had the foresight to preserve quality Native American artifacts which ended up in the Museum.
Written June 17, 2021
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claussie
Hamburg478 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
A few miles south of Bend.
This nonprofit museum has its focus on regional wildlife, natural resources, regional art and culture, including the history and the life of native American tribes of the area. And settlers.
Including a trapper‘s camp, pioneer wagon train, mining claim and more.
Very interesting displays of various insects, snakes, birds.
Well worth a visit.
Written August 7, 2022
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High Desert Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM