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High Desert Museum

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Open Now: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Great place to spend a few hours.

This would be a great family attraction. Many exhibits and a presentation every hour. Lots to see... read more

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Marvelous Museum

My wife and I returned here for a much-anticipated visit. As we are both over 65, the entrance fee... read more

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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...more
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59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
+1 541-382-4754
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This would be a great family attraction. Many exhibits and a presentation every hour. Lots to see so it will take a least three hours. Walking is required to remote exhibits on the property.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My wife and I returned here for a much-anticipated visit. As we are both over 65, the entrance fee for seniors was on $12 each. The indoor portion of this museum is quite large. Their set pieces are beautifully displayed. Their rotating exhibit covered animal...More

Thank Thomas S
Reviewed 2 days ago

We had debated going to this museum, but we're so glad we did! It's a little ways out of town (about a 10-15 minute drive), but worth it. It felt more like a zoo than it did an actual museum (there were river otters, birds...More

Thank Stephanie D
Reviewed 3 days ago

Visited here on a tour and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. After seeing the bobcat, porcupines, tortises, and other live animals inside, we walked through the mountain climbing special exhibit and then went outside for a guided botany walk through the grounds. He identified many plants...More

Thank SusieCameron
Reviewed 3 days ago

Visiting the High Desert Museum, 5 miles south Of Bend, OR, is a world in itself! Several scheduled talks during the day gives the visitors a chance to hear about and see the many varieties of animals and birds of prey. Indoor and outdoor exhibits...More

Thank Jack H
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was such an gem located in the woods south of Bend. You can travel back through time and first hand experience the journey these mighty settlers went through to get here. They have done an excellent job displaying relics from the past in what...More

Thank Nalredhead
Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum offers really well done exhibits on desert life including plants, animals, Native Americans, pioneer homesteaders, the mining industry and more. There are over 100 animals to view. We especially enjoyed the birds of prey. Our 3 year old granddaughter had a great time...More

Thank lanaleah
Reviewed 1 week ago

We really enjoyed the natural environment and the interesting exhibits of pioneer life but the highlight for us was the birds of pray show. The show included hawks, falcons, a turkey buzzard and the barn owl.

Thank William S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I thought there were two Raptor Shows a day, but apparently, birds in flight only occur at the 11.30am show which incurs an extra $5. The Raptor Show we attended at 2.45 pm only consisted of a short talk about a red-tailed hawk. We were...More

Thank Helen C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Incredibly cool place. From the various rooms with displays. I never thought the room on rock climbing would interest me. It was fascinating. I have an affinity for birds so the Birds of Prey area held a special interest. All "saved" birds. The raptor show...More

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Response from Harold H | Reviewed this property |
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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.
13 October 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