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High Desert Museum

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High Desert Museum

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pfefmeister wrote a review Sep 18
San Francisco, California2,043 contributions577 helpful votes
Great historical overview of the High Plains desert. Wonderful exhibits, interesting artifacts, and intriguing displays. This is a great way to spend a couple of hours - suitable for all ages. Loved the animals - though some people might be offended by their captivity. As I understand it, the adopted animals were severely injured and likely would not be able to survive in the wild, so given the choice, what’s wrong with that? Affordable and fun time, with helpful staff.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Davigeta wrote a review Aug 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri761 contributions204 helpful votes
We went here on the strength of the glowing reviews for this place, and it WAS very good, though not as good as I had hoped. There are some very nice exhibits of Native Americans, the flora and fauna of the high deserts of the West. and the history of "development" of these regions. They have an otter exhibit and a birds of prey exhibit. There is a lot to do, and it IS very good, so go visit. The children we saw especially seemed to be enjoying things.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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James N wrote a review Jul 2020
Eugene, Oregon7 contributions
Great museum. Not to be missed. Takes a full 2 hours, has picnic tables, great if you bring your own food.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Peter K wrote a review Jul 2020
Hurricane, Utah557 contributions282 helpful votes
We visited here on 6/22/20. We spent about three hours exploring the museum and grounds. We found the raptors, otters, snakes, lizards and ground owls fascinating. There is a section on the local Indian tribes, early settlers to the area and an interesting photo gallery. There is a good sized interior museum and a number of exterior buildings to explore. There is plenty of parking and a nice gift shop. Covid 19 precautions You are required to wear a mask inside the museum, you can take it off outside. There were several hand sanitizer stations and for the most part social distancing was observed. The cafe was closed If you are in the area this is worth visiting.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Pamela B wrote a review Jul 2020
Newberg, Oregon65 contributions13 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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