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High Desert Museum

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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 4 days ago

Very nice high desert museum with a good representation of area history and flora and fauna of the area. Worth a stop and takes about an hour to tour.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Michael D
Reviewed 4 days ago

Young or old, the HDM is a must-stop. You will learn so much about Central Oregon: the landscape, the wildlife, the native plants, the history. Whether you have an entire day free or just a couple of hours, it is worth a stop.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank maryhofer1
Reviewed 5 days ago

We go to every new presentation just to simply stop the world around us and appreciate the gifts that we live amongst. Great staff ... and a decent snack bar.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went with a young grandchild who loves this place and can’t get enough of it. I see why. The exhibits are informative, interesting, and excellent. I could have used another hour or two. The variety of indoor and outdoor exhibits added to the pleasure...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank northstarvalerie
Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for visiting! Yes, there's so much to see and explore, it's hard to fit it all in in a short time. I could spend all day here... and i work here! With our ever-changing exhibits and programs, there's always a reason to return....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The High Desert Museum, located south of Bend off of U.S. 97, offers the visitor a nice selection of permanent and changing exhibits related to the people, environment and culture of Central Oregon. There is a nice cafe and sales shop in the museum, along...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Larry W
Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking time to visit, Larry! Between the wildlife, living history characters, exhibits exploring nature, art, culture and history, we truly believe the Museum has something of interest for everyone. Our store features so many local artists and unique items and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very well done but the big raptors in cages made me very sad. We can learn about these magnificent birds without seeing captives. Let them go!More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank peggys368
Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Peggy, thank you so much for visiting and thank you for your concern about the birds of prey. All of the creatures here came as rescues, after being injured or abandoned. None of them can survive in the wild. Most of the birds cannot fly...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So impressed with this place! I contemplated going there even with all the great reviews, we have a 7 month old...soooo there’s that. At $12 per person and or baby got in free, it made for a really fun couple of hours! My favorite part...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Packingpics
Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for visiting! I have a four-year-old so I get it! I brought my little guy here when he was a baby, too. It's fun to watch them grow up here! Keep in mind that if you are a Member, it comes...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been going to the High Desert Museum for years and it never disappoints. We took our kids and the cousins this visit. It was fun to see the otters, Eagle and mine for gold! We will go back for sure!More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank CrozierSix
Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

You made it to Mining Day! How fun was that?! Thank you so much for supporting the Museum. We couldn't do it without our community! Between the wildlife, living history characters, exhibits exploring nature, art, culture and history, we truly believe the Museum has something...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I took my two grandsons, ages 7 and 10 to the museum. It is a place where everyone from young to old can enjoy. For adults, it is very informative and the kids had a great time visiting the various interactive exhibits...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Carolyn E
Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for taking time to visit, Carolyn! Between the wildlife, living history characters, exhibits exploring nature, art, culture and history, we truly believe the Museum has something of interest for everyone, including the kids. I'm so happy your grandsons liked it! With...More

Reviewed 9 November 2018

Haven't visited the museum in many years. They have done a great service informing and educating about the areas history. The river otters are a kick. We were fortunate to visit on a sunny Fall day.More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Lenthal C
Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for visiting! I grew up coming to this museum and, now that I work here and looking behind the curtain, I'm even more impressed. Our team of curators and volunteers do such an amazing job! Any time I need a break,...More

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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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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
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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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