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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 5 days 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!

Thank CrozierSix
Reviewed 6 days 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

Thank Carolyn E
Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

Thank Lenthal C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great historical viewpoint and exhibits from early Oregon, fun otter pond, with underwater windows to watch.More

Thank Scott M
Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for visiting, Scott! Between the wildlife, living history characters, exhibits exploring nature, art, culture and history, we truly believe the Museum has something of interest for everyone. And the otters do really play with visitors on the other side of the...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a great place to spend half a day wandering. But don’t miss the otter feeding! We spent a half hour or more watching these three guys frolic and it was the highlight of the visit. There’s also a bobcat, a porcupine and several...More

Thank Aljameela
Becca B, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much for visiting and for giving the kind review! Honestly, around lunch most every day, I take a break from my desk at the Museum to go down and see the otters. The are so joyful! I also have a new-found love...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This indoor/outdoor “museum” – with a focus on high desert art, history, culture, & wildlife – is a great place to visit all year round. It’s open daily (except July 4th, Thanksgiving, & Christmas), at present from Nov. 1 – Mar. 31, 10 am to...More

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Kari M, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kathy, thank you for visiting and thank you for your glowing, thorough review! We want visitors to be prepared when then take time to see the Museum and the way you shared your experience is so helpful. I'm also so glad you made time for...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had 3 hours to peruse this museum and we used every minute of it. They had live demonstrations, restored relics, otter sanctuary, birds of prey santuary and a presentation on birds of prey that included a hawk flying around the spectators heads. Informative displays...More

Thank wonderland62
Kari M, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We are so glad you decided to visit! There is so much to do and see, it's hard to fit it all in one trip. Between the wildlife, living history characters, exhibits exploring nature, art, culture and history, we truly believe the Museum has something...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After driving by this museum many times over the decades, finally took the Grandson there the other day. Very pleasantly surprised, excellent facility, very informative and the bonus of Oregon artist John Simkins’ work being on display 👍. I never realized that they had live...More

Thank Paul L
Kari M, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Paul, thank you so much for visiting! And thank you for the kind review. It's so easy to drive right by us, as we're tucked back up behind the trees, but we're glad you finally stopped. There is so much to do and see here,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is such a beautiful, special museum. We loved the combination of outside attractions, inside exhibits, and animals. We spent several hours wandering around, eating lunch, and wandering around some more.More

Thank MargaritaDoug
Kari M, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for visiting! I grew up coming to this Museum, so it's a very special place. It teaches us all so much about the region, the natural and living history, art and wildlife, I always find something new to learn whenever I...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to learn about central Oregon, the plants and animals. We enjoyed a special showing of photos taken around 1900 that showed the ladies of the northwest, a great history lesson Super place for kids to learnMore

Thank Harold H
Kari M, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Harold, thank you so much for visiting the Museum! I'm happy you got to take in the "By Her Hand" photography and art exhibit. The photographs of Edward S. Curtis and female Indigenous art give such perspective of the era. It's an awe-inspiring exhibit, for...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
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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