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High Desert Museum

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Address: 59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
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+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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Fun attraction for the whole family!

I love the High Desert Museum in Bend! They have such great displays and seeing all the animals and exploring outside is so fun. We take out of town guests there whenever we can... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
ccowmead
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Bend, Oregon

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Bend, Oregon
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13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love the High Desert Museum in Bend! They have such great displays and seeing all the animals and exploring outside is so fun. We take out of town guests there whenever we can and my young niece and nephew just love exploring there. I also love the gift shop, I bought my Christmas presents there! :)

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Thank ccowmead
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for your 5-star review! We are so pleased that you bring your guests here! And, we love that you love the gift shop; we do, too. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Bend, Oregon
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is not a quick stop. Be prepared to take some time. Everything there is well done. It is well done and the exhibits are superb.

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HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

We are so pleased that you visited us and wrote a 5-star review. We really appreciate it! We agree that HDM is not a quick stop - there's so much to see. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

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32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been going to this museum regularly for over 20 years. It used to be the surprisingly good museum by a small town in central Oregon. Now it's the surprisingly good museum by a big town in central Oregon! Excellent permanent displays and is now on the circuit for some world class traveling exhibits. Always a good stop. Plan on... More 

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HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for your 5-star review! You've been coming to the Museum for over half of it's life - HDM turns 35 this year! We really appreciate the kudos and hope to see you again soon! More 

Bend
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great fun and eductaional. Highu recommend. Beautiful exhibits and friendly people. Excellent way to spend a family afternoon.

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HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for taking the time to write a 5-star review. We really appreciate it! We hope to see you again soon! More 

Bend, Oregon
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27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Anyone visiting (or living in) central Oregon should make the time to visit this extraordinary living museum.

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Bend, United States
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13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter an I make a trip out here every year. There is so much to see, but its not too big and you can usually see all of the exhibits in a 3 hour visit. The birds of prey are definitely one of our favorites. The river otters are a must see as well.

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Bend, Oregon
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5 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is something here for everyone, from live lizards, snakes, birds of prey, turtles, fish and more to incredible settings of our earliest people and later discoverers and settlers. So much to see and absorb, plus exhibits that change throughout the year and bring us closer to understanding our mother nature. The gift shop is a great place to pick... More 

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HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

We are so pleased that, as Bend locals, you visit us regularly. Thank you for taking the time to write a 5-star review. We really appreciate it! We strive to provide something for everyone and are thrilled to hear you say that. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love this place because it is interactive, as well as informative. The staff have wonderful knowledge and have a heart for the animals.

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HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your 5-star review, and for visiting the Museum! We hope to see you again soon! More 

Montesano, Washington
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153 reviews
59 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here 11 years ago and loved it, so we thought we'd go back with our 3 year old grandson. Overall he enjoyed it except for the mine exhibit where he became slightly afraid. The museum had an exhibit about people who lived in the high desert and how they lived. In this exhibit it had a small town... More 

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HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for your 5-star review! We are so pleased you enjoyed your visit. We agree that it's hard to see everything in one day. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Ridgefield, WA, United States
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our 2nd trip was even better than the 1st. Besides the inside exhibits, the outside provides walking trails to the birds and otters plus the farm. Volunteers and staff provide excellent narratives to enhance the visit. The inside Spirit of the West not only has a guided tour with a docent, but we really enjoyed the audio tour as well.... More 

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HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting and for your 5-star review! We are so pleased that you enjoyed the Sky Hunters program! It's one of our favorites. We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

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