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Address: 59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
Phone Number:
+1 541-382-4754
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The museum, set on 135 acres of pine forest, has something for everyone....

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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What a cool place!

So much to see and learn, while having fun. A win-win in all respects. Well worth a day visit; and good for all ages.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
JLBabbitt
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Bend, Oregon
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Bend, Oregon
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115 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

So much to see and learn, while having fun. A win-win in all respects. Well worth a day visit; and good for all ages.

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Bend, Oregon
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The High Desert Musuem is very popular in the summer with families, but we enjoyed it in the snow last week. They have rotating exhibits inside, all of which are excellently done. Outside, we enjoyed the Birds of Prey sitting on their perches in the snow or hiding within their structures. The otters are fun to watch at feeding time... More 

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Thank ElizabethV1950
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I took my 93 year old mother who was visiting from Nebraska, to the museum for something fun to do. She absolutely loved it and was surprised that a museum of tihis quality was in such a small town. I always enjoy High Desert Museum and it should be a must see for visitors to Central Oregon.

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Thank Sara E
Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pretty well laid out museum. Very clean. Cool animal enclosures. Unfortunately the otter exhibit and most of the outdoor cabins were closed when we visited but it's still worth an hour or so stop.

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Thank boysonthego
Houston, Texas
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family truly enjoyed our day at the High Desert Museum. The guides were dressed in period clothing. Very knowledgable staff. Everything from covered wagons, and chickens in little jackets to a sea otter show.

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Thank TinaLou12
Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When in Bend, this is a must see...especially with young kids. There are many interactive displays, interesting and little know history of the area, and always a talk about the local wildlife...frequently with friendly critters roaming the room! You'll find many buildings to explore, each with different themes. Take a self-guided or group, narrated tour. Rotating exhibits of special interest... More 

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Thank desert_skier_7
Bend, Oregon
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We live about five miles away from the Museum and go there in the summer and my grand kids love it. We love to visit all the little creatures that live there.

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Thank Renee W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lots of things to see and learn! If the weather is nice there is an outdoor play area to boot. There is also an indoor play area that is super cool for 2-6 year olds.

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Kirkland, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A good place to see some history of this area, wild life and culture. I like the fact that you can be outside and see live display of what is was like in the past, log cabins as well as tools used for cutting logs into wood planks (Saw mill). A great place for children to see what life was... More 

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Bend, Oregon
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was good! It was our first time so we weren't sure what to expect. Of course all the animals that the kids wanted to see, weren't out. That was a bummer. Might go back one more time to give it another chance, but nothing that is my first choice to do with the kids.

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