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“lots to see and do at this walk around museum”
Review of High Desert Museum

High Desert Museum
Ranked #1 of 109 things to do in Bend
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed September 3, 2013

You can spend a day taking in all there is to see. The owls and birds of prey are spectacular as is the frontier village

Thank Steven W
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This is an excellent museum. It covers the flora and fauna of the area and history and Indians in a very informative and well laid out manner. They had well informed docents showing off some of the animals and positioned in the buildings and at some of the dioramas doing first person talks that were a great plus. I would say the highlight of the day, for us, was the raptors in flight show. My husband didn't want to go but I talked him into it. He was glad I did. The birds aren't presented in an arena but out in the woods. They fly from place to place over the heads of the crowd - very close to the heads of the crowd in some cases. I was brushed on the top of my head and my cheek more than once by some of the hawks. We got some amazing photos of the birds in flight. There was a nonstop lecture during the "performance" that was very informative. DON'T miss is. There is a small added fee ($3.00) to see the show.

Thank parkwife
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

You need about two hours at least. We liked how it felt to immerse in the various exhibits, you felt like you were somewhere else in time.

Thank Mango2010
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Reviewed September 2, 2013 via mobile

allow a couple of hours. the extra cash for the rappers was worth it for the close overhead encounters. The birds fly from post to post over the crowd so postion yourself near these even at the back of crowd if you want some good pictures. The set up settlers village was interesting . The set up on early settlement was fantastic and unexpected . See animals otter, eagles, bobcat and linx. There is a section on the native Indians that showed their adoption of western influences at the front in a cabinet that was interesting but the actual displays where a bit disappointing.

Thank Jacqui L
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Saw this on a Trip Advisor email blast and decided to include it on our itinerary. It was a lot of fun, within a short drive of Bend, the price seemed reasonable, and there are some fun add ons. The turnoff from highway 97 could use a signal on busier days, but it's a minor issue.

The museum is a mix of history, natural history & live animals. The daily raptor show ($3/person) is not to be missed, although it is in the open, so be advised to wear sunscreen & comfortable clothes. To our chagrin, the otters were not visible but we did enjoy the birds of prey center, the main building & the interpretive paths (largely about wildfires).

The staff is very friendly & well-informed. Also, there is a ranger station in the parking area.

Thank DavidNYTraveller
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