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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.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“birds of prey” (146 reviews)
“live animals” (93 reviews)
“otter exhibit” (41 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
LOCATION
59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
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+1 541-382-4754
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"birds of prey"
in 146 reviews
"live animals"
in 93 reviews
"otter exhibit"
in 41 reviews
"great exhibits"
in 26 reviews
"desert sky"
in 17 reviews
"indoor and outdoor exhibits"
in 41 reviews
"living history"
in 30 reviews
"animal exhibits"
in 27 reviews
"all ages"
in 115 reviews
"bird show"
in 20 reviews
"rotating exhibits"
in 20 reviews
"old west"
in 25 reviews
"central oregon"
in 122 reviews
"river otters"
in 25 reviews
"native americans"
in 35 reviews
"gift shop"
in 49 reviews
"kids and adults"
in 26 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday

They actually had live animals! Very informative on Native Americans. It was MUCH bigger than we thought. The coolest part was going to the saw mill they had and people were dressed up in character. One gentleman was supposed to be a doctor, very informative....More

Thank Jasmine S
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We spent about 2 hours at this museum. Very nicely laid out with exhibits that were tastefully done. There was a lot of information about the area as well as the history. Well worth the time if visiting this area.

Thank Rosie K
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I have lived in Oregon for 18 years and had never heard of The High Desert Museum until recently. It's such a hidden gem. Between the history part, the live animals, and the beautiful grounds, there truly is something for everyone at this museum. I...More

Thank JaneAustenFan
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Every age will enjoy this museum - it has changing displays and lots of information about the area and human history. Raptors are on display and the gift shop is great. I've been several times, and have always learned something and enjoyed it.

Thank Gurugal11
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited here with my son and his family, including 3 grandchildren. It was a little expensive being 7 of us. The raptor flights are a must see. It is a well done and worth the price.

Thank Jim B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the High Desert Museum. The Otter exhibit and Raptors of the Desert Sky are not to be missed!

Thank SunSita7
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The High Desert Museum is a classic destination in Bend. Featuring rescued animals of the high desert, it does a great job of staying true to its mission and surroundings. Don't expect a high end zoo, but DO expect an atmosphere of care and integrity....More

Thank jane w
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Give you a heads up before you get there...it is $15 per adult. For my family of four, it costs us $54 to get in. The shock of the entry fee was quickly diminished by the quality of the museum. It was very family friendly...More

1  Thank Aggie5678
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We started with the fish encounter and learned the difference between some of the fish in the area. Got to feed them too! The museum was very enjoyable and we stayed longer than we had planned. Great for a lot of ages.

Thank dashdashdashdash
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The High Desert Museum is a WONDERFUL asset of Bend. We take all of our visitors, grandchildren and friends there. It's informative, clean, happy and just great!

Thank Jane M
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caratopliff
21 March 2018|
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Response from Harold H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, no problem Enjoy your visit
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gills61078
8 March 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
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
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