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Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Excellent place to learn about high desert history and ecology. The transition of the Yakima as well as other high desert tribes to modern society was interesting and sad.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Mark H
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Reviewed May 28, 2016

We enjoyed the exhibits and learned interesting things from the naturalists. Be sure to attend their classes particularly about the birds of prey.

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Marie P
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Reviewed May 26, 2016

My wife and I visited the museum last week and found it quite educational. Top notch displays, well laid out, and fun. But, one glaring omission: this museum is about the high desert and 90% of the high desert is public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). There was not one word about this agency and the good work they do in protecting our land. And of course nothing about the Wilderness Study Areas and why they are protected now and how that might change in the future. With all the money this nonprofit organizations spends on the museum, one would think they could at least acknowledge the role the BLM plays in managing these lands, lands this museum talks about in every room and building. Go figure.

Date of experience: May 2016
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HDM_Raptor, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2016

Thank you for your review. The Museum has partnered with the BLM and other state or federal agencies on exhibits or programs in the past, but I'll pass your comments along to our curators. Most of programs or exhibits that had a BLM-focus centered around grazing, wildlife and history. An exhibit about Wilderness Study Areas or other wild lands could make for a really interesting exhibit. Thanks for the idea!

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Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful setting for history and local high desert awareness. Raptors and otters; exceptional Native American exhibits. Walk through history and savor the art celebrating a unique dry climate zone of Oregon. Also a super gift shop with kid things and grownup goodies. Memorable experience!

Date of experience: May 2016
Thank Jane K
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HDM_Raptor, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2016

Thank you for your high praise!

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Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

If you are looking for something to do with small children while in Bend and have had your fill of river trails, great hikes, beautiful and lush vistas, take your family to the High Desert Museum. We did this with our family on a rainy spring day, and were so impressed by it. Travel back in time to a simulated Indian village. Check out the live animals. Or listen to the sounds of a variety of different birds so you can identify the differences between them. Our 3 year old grandson loved this place. There are things to do indoors and outside. The museum is set amongst a forest of trees and is a beautiful get away for children.

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank DabblesInFun
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HDM_Raptor, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2016

Thanks for the great review! The soundscapes are a fun part of the exhibits with bird songs, human activity and other sounds incorporated into the exhibit.

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