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High Desert Museum

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Open Now: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An excellent museum

We were entertained here for five hours easily. The grounds are attractively set out and the... read more

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alders13
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Harrogate, Yorkshire
Brief Trip to Bend

This museum is phenomenal. It provides a wealth of information on the area in a lovely setting... read more

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Dallas, Texas
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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
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Reviewed yesterday

We were entertained here for five hours easily. The grounds are attractively set out and the various exhibitions very well displayed. The talk in the Spirit of the West was very good, as was the High Desert Hooves talk. However, the talk on High Desert...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This museum is phenomenal. It provides a wealth of information on the area in a lovely setting. It's a terrific way to spend 2-3 hours.

Thank marsha228
Reviewed 2 days ago

An amazing opportunity to see some of the wildlife and vegetation of the high desert. The museum also provides exhibits of the indigenous people and the settlers. Through exhibits and presentations, guests are given insight to the complexity of this landscape. Some of our favorites:...More

Thank Sherry P
Reviewed 3 days ago

Just south of Bend off of 97 we were surprised at the quality of this facility. Very modern and nicely laid out. About of the info/displays were in the building and the rest outside surrounding the building. Most all about the settling of the region...More

Thank Terry B
Reviewed 4 days ago

We went back to see any changes since we were there several years ago and noticed some nice improvements. We also have a connection to the museum as we manage a coastal museum that has the scale model sawmill display that previously was here. We...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago 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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KariM1439, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for visiting the Museum. We hope you'll come see us again soon — our changing exhibits, living history characters and wildlife encounters ensure there's always something new to experience.

Reviewed 1 week ago 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
KariM1439, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks so much for the thoughtful review, Thomas. We are so happy to hear that you were able to spend a day exploring everything the Museum has to offer. Come see us again soon — our changing exhibits, living history characters, and wildlife encounters ensure...More

Reviewed 1 week 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
KariM1439, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks so much for the thoughtful review, Stephanie. We are so happy to hear that you were able to spend a day exploring everything the Museum has to offer. Come see us again soon — our changing exhibits, living history characters, and wildlife encounters ensure...More

Reviewed 1 week 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
KariM1439, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Susie, we are so thrilled to hear that you were able to spend a day exploring everything the Museum has to offer. Our changing exhibits, living history characters, and wildlife encounters ensure there is truly something for everyone to explore and experience!

Reviewed 1 week 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
KariM1439, Associate Editor at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks Jack! We definitely appreciate hearing about visitors' experiences and what they enjoy while here at the Museum! We are so thrilled to hear that you were able to spend a day exploring everything the Museum has to offer. Our changing exhibits, living history characters,...More

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caratopliff
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Response from Harold H | Reviewed this property |
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Jo G
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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