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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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Annual member - love this place!

This is a great small museum with lots to entertain the little ones. My three year old and I go at least once a month. He loves the animals, the dioramas, and the grilled cheese... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Bend, Oregon
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Bend, Oregon
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a great small museum with lots to entertain the little ones. My three year old and I go at least once a month. He loves the animals, the dioramas, and the grilled cheese sandwich. :) Really a great stop for families, and the size is perfect for little legs up through early teen.

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Anchorage, Alaska
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We took our 2 year old grandson here and he loved it. We did too. $15 each for us, plus $3 each for the wild raptor show. Our grandson was free. We spent about 2 hours here, but you should budget 4 hours or more. There is A LOT to see and do, and every minute was a fun and... More 

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Thank Mark S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is definitely worth the visit. Educational, beautiful area, fun for the entire family. Must see when you come to Bend. Close to Sunriver.

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Thank Peggy D
Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of my favorite things to participate in is the bird flights that take place during the summer. The birds habits, diet, etc. are explained and the best part is when they are flying over the heads of the viewers. Quite spectacular and is an awesome setting.

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Thank gerry236
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

the general stuff is great, raptor demonstrations, otters, etc. but my fave is the special exhibits that tell the stories of the chinese, miners, "ladies", local tribes.

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Thank Ross C
Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Really great museum with excellent natural history displays, talks by biolgists and naturalists and even a small zoo where all the animals are rescued in some way. They cater to kids and adults alike. Something of interest for everyone!

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Thank nancyrdunlap
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

They have an excellent raptor (hawk, eagle, etc.) show with birds that fly right over your head so close you can feel the wind from their wings.

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Thank Crawfish44
Santa Clara, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago 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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Thank depasquinelli
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago 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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Thank Heather B
Stafford, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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

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