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High Desert Museum

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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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Great for kids!

My son loves The High Desert Museum. It's a little spendy to get into but they do have a couple of free days a year and a cute little gift shop.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Redmond, Oregon
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Redmond, Oregon
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My son loves The High Desert Museum. It's a little spendy to get into but they do have a couple of free days a year and a cute little gift shop.

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Sedona, Arizona
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12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We thought we'd spend an hour or two, and wound up staying all day long...and still didn't see everything! The exhibits were fantastic, the volunteers were enthusiastic and knowledgeable, the cafe was lovely, and the gift shop had a wide selection. There were both exhibits and wildlife attractions. We loved the Exploration and expansion of the high desert exhibit, and... More 

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Thank Jane S
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58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Having lived in Bend for some time it's easy to forget some of the great things to do in your own towm. I am always surprised at how much fun the kids have when we visit, we have been to many places but although this is just a small attraction we always have a great time. It is worth going... More 

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Thank Lorraine J
Bend, Oregon
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The HDM has been a staple for visiting for a number of years. You won't be disappointed. Great family outing and love the outdoor exhibits.

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Thank Jeremiah W
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

All generations will love the museum. Kids to grandparents will find interesting and fun exhibits. Good Oregon history, along with animals and fish.

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Thank Traci K
Klamath Falls
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100 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

On our way to Bend we stop at the High desert museum. What a great place to visit. We had a wonderful time there and enjoyed everything

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The museum was much different and better than expected. It was more inner active than expected. Lots to see outdoors.

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Thank here2camp
Philadelphia
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Part botanical garden, part living history farm, part "zoo". It's well worth the trip to visit here. With two 6yr olds we only managed to see about half..wish I could back alone. The live animal demos were very informative & entertaining at all age levels.

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Thank s1bloom
Whittier, California
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28 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love taking the kids here. Perfect place to have a fun little day trip! Lots of activities from children and live Animals to see

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Thank Mandy M
Bend, Oregon
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I spent hours here! Love seeing the different animals and exhibits. Enjoy learning the history of this area.

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