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High Desert Museum

59800 S Highway 97, Bend, Oregon 97702 USA

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“Explore, Discover, Get Closer!”

Encounter wild eagles, owls, otters, bobcat, lynx, porcupines and other High Desert animals in natural habitats. Meet stagecoach drivers, pioneers, and others from the American frontier. Experience Native American and Western art and culture through fun and interactive exhibits. Leave with a lifelong learning experience unlike any other, closer than you think.

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July 15, 2014
Rated 5.0

GREAT PLACE! Recommended for the whole family. It has some things you don't touch, but a lot of interactive areas so children (and adults) don't have to hear "don't touch!" It had a lot of history, animals, and interactive learning areas. Prepare to spend a whole day here. Probably 4 hours and an extra hour for lunch. They let you bring in your own food and have a nice area with tables to enjoy your lunch. They also have a few traveling kennels in a shaded area with water you can leave your dog while you tour.

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June 17, 2015

This one-of-a kind museum reveals the nature of things in the West’s High Desert through artful exhibits, engaging animals, interactive programs and meaningful history.

The High Desert Museum has been inspiring families since 1982, and is rated as a top Central Oregon attraction by Trip Advisor. Experience a close encounter with native wildlife such as an owl, otter, bobcat, porcupine or eagle. Talk with historic characters who share the tales of early Oregon settlers. Walk through time to explore the history of the west, and delight your kids with fun, hands-on programs. Dine and shop at the Rimrock Café and Silver Sage Trading Store. Open daily and we're closed on Independence Day, Thanksgiving & Christmas. Rates and hours at www.highdesertmuseum.org.

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September 19, 2014
Rated 5.0

One of my favorite museums and it's great for all ages. Life-size dioramas of the history of the West, Western artwork, live animal exhibits, a working sawmill, and a hands-on homestead. There's something for everyone here.

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July 22, 2014
Rated 3.0

Great exhibit on the native Americans and pioneers. Learned a lot about saw mills too! Good for kids.

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April 05, 2022
Rated 5.0

This is such a great find! It takes about 2-ish hours to do the whole museum. Beautiful rescued raptors including a bald eagle, golden eagle, and several owls. The otters are adorable. The layout of the museum is really well done for making sure you see it all. Their models/exhibits are really well done. Don’t miss this. purchase tickets on their website. They also have a AAA discount.

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March 03, 2018
Rated 5.0

Great place! Fun for everyone in the family. Live bird handling, lots of exibits!

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February 09, 2016

It's an interactive experience with both indoor and outdoor displays. There are also features that change on a regular basis keeping the museum fresh and fun. The exhibit on Native Americans is quite outdated, and pretty white washed referring to Natives as "Indians" throughout the display and suggesting that the forced boarding schools were beneficial to Native Americans because they fostered a sense of community... Not exactly accurate historically.

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High Desert Museum

59800 S Highway 97
Bend, Oregon
97702 USA


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