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High Desert Museum

#1 of 93 things to do in Bend Features Animals
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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  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
+1 541-382-4754
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Reviewed yesterday

This museum has both indoor and outdoor exhibits. The outdoor exhibits include raptors, otters, and other animals of the high desert. There is also a recreation of an early pioneer settlement. There were several areas where kids could do activities (cross cut saws, pumping water)....More

Thank Patsy B
Reviewed yesterday

$48 for a family of four. Enjoyed the raptor show. The kids enjoyed everything which was great. Lots of interactive learning options for them.

Thank familytravellerz
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A nice look at the wildlife and history of the high desert region. Be sure to arrive in time and pay the extra fee for the raptor show. The raptor show is one of the most amazing animal shows I have ever seen.

Thank Molly B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The Raptors of the Desert Sky program was one of the best shows of live animals I have ever seen. I'm not generally a fan of birds, but I do find birds of prey more interesting. This show is highly informative and the speaker's sound...More

Thank Andy-S_Ramblin-Man
Reviewed 2 days ago

We decided to come here on a whim and I am so glad we did. What a fun and unique experience! My 5 year old son loved the homestead and loved hearing the stories the people told. Very neat to see all the animals up...More

Thank erykah282
Reviewed 2 days ago

this is a great Museum.. So interesting and well laid out.. The raptor show was educational, the Otter as well was nice. The Home Stead cabin, the saw mill was very interesting ..We stayed almost 5-6 hours. we even ate at the museum and that...More

Thank UgaSanDiego_cal_
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a first-rate interpretive center dealing with many aspects of the high desert West. There are sections on the Oregon Trail, on desert and mountain wildlife, and a large and well-balanced section on the Indian peoples of the Great Basin. There is a fair...More

Thank James M
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a great attraction! This museum has all sorts of exhibits about the surrounding area. My favorite exhibit was the WWII exhibit. I learned some cool things! This museum is well worth the time!

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This museum has it all: history, local artifacts, animals, reptiles, sea otters and birds of prey! We visited with little and older kids, plus six adults, and we all loved it. From the indoor museum and displays to the animal exhibits, river otters and interactive...More

Thank Alyssa C
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for visiting and for your review. We are so pleased you enjoyed the exhibitions, outdoor spaces, and the wildlife. It is unfortunate that the Raptors of the Desert Sky program was sold out. It is a very popular program! We hope you visit...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great museum, loved it. Good solo or with a family. Excellent exhibits. Birds of Prey exhibit. Otter area.

Thank PDX-Joe-Joe
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for visiting and for your review. We hope to see you again soon.

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April 12, 2016|
Response from Ed258536 | Reviewed this property |
Military Discounts: Active and retired military personnel with government ID receive 10% off their family's admission. The Museum accepts all major credit cards. The best way to see the Museum is to design your own... More
August 12, 2015|
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Response from HDM_Communications | Property representative |
Hi - Our summer rates are: Adult $15 Adult $12 Senior (65 plus) $12 Senior (65 plus) $10 Youth (ages 5-12) $9 Youth (ages 5-12) $7 Child (4 and under) Free We also allow... More