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High Desert Museum

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59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
+1 541-382-4754
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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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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
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"birds of prey"
in 144 reviews
"live animals"
in 93 reviews
"indoor and outdoor exhibits"
in 40 reviews
"otter exhibit"
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"living history"
in 30 reviews
"animal exhibits"
in 26 reviews
"all ages"
in 115 reviews
"great exhibits"
in 24 reviews
"rotating exhibits"
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"bird show"
in 19 reviews
"old west"
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"central oregon"
in 122 reviews
"native americans"
in 34 reviews
"river otters"
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"gift shop"
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"kids and adults"
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"three hours"
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Reviewed yesterday

did not have much time there staff was great a lot bigger that you think it will take a little bit of time to do all the trails

Thank Patti M
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a family friendly museum with exhibits both inside and outside. They also have interpretive talks with very knowledgeable guides (interns). We spent about two hours there and still did not see everything. We will work a return visit into our next trip to...More

Thank Sharon G
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I have been a member since I moved to Bend. The permanent and rotating attractions are an exception way to explore the history of the high desert with the entire family. There are interactive wildlife shows too.

Thank Annastreckenbach
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is located about 10 minutes from Bend. They do interactive exhibits, which is really cool. They have animals (raptors!), a settlers town and all kinds of cool stuff to see. There is some walking but the paths are all paved and very well taken...More

Thank ADINA C
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is a place for all members of the family. You can see wonderful dioramas of early Indian life, the old West, the early 20th century and so much more. It is a great place to learn about all things having to do with the...More

Thank TSCClovis_Ca_
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Hi! I’m Valerie a 14 year old child. I usually am not a fan of museums, but I loved this one. It had lots of hand on activities and there was a few animals too. My only advice would be is to have a few...More

Thank Valerie O
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a great stop for some historical education about Oregon's High desert history and all the critters that inhabit it. First time I've seen a rattle snake up close and alive. amazing! Well worth it.

Thank Shanlymarn
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Even as two adults with no kids, we really enjoyed this museum! There was plenty to explore outside as well as inside. We appreciated the fact that there are several free events/talks going on throughout the day which are relatively short in duration. We listened...More

Thank Melanie3979
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I walked in and instantly knew this was going to be a great stop! There was everything from otter's, bobcats to snakes, lizards and birds! The displays were nicely set up, Indian artifacts, to mining equipment, too much to list, be prepared to spend a...More

Thank ohmygoshjosh2
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I just returned from a day trip to HDM. Such a special day of leisure and wandering thru trees, streams and animal exhibits. The homestead exhibit was especially entertaining. Had the opportunity to interact with homesteaders and discover the joys and trials...More

Thank giget213
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caratopliff
March 21, 2018|
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Response from Harold H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, no problem Enjoy your visit
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gills61078
March 7, 2018|
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Response from cali4niafoodie | Reviewed this property |
The standard admission was $15, $12 for seniors...and a further 10% discount, if you're a member of AAA with a valid card. Children aged 5-12 pay $9, with those under 4 having free admission. Also, students pay $9.
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BlueTravels
October 12, 2017|
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Response from HDM_Communications | Property representative |
Greetings. There is a 1/2 mile paved path that loops through the Museum grounds to several stand-alone exhibits. The Autzen Otter Exhibit has both an outdoor viewing area and an indoor exhibit area with displays and an... More
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