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High Desert Museum

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Closed Now: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Very Well Done

This museum is first class and a pleasure to visit. Interprets the High Desert from many... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Bill B
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What a great place. A combonation museum and zoo. Went on a guided walk which was an excellent... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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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

This museum is first class and a pleasure to visit. Interprets the High Desert from many perspectives in a logical way. Don't miss it, My suggestion is that a couple of days a week should be set aside for adults only so that the museum...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

What a great place. A combonation museum and zoo. Went on a guided walk which was an excellent half hour. Learned alot about the flora and fauna that made our return drive more interesting as it increased our understanding of what we are looking at....More

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Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind review! We're happy to enjoyed your visit and fit so much in, especially when there's so much to see. As you found, it's a unique museum in that we have history, art, natural history and wildlife all woven...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

We have been here several times and we are never disappointed. Well worth the admission. The otters are so much fun to watch!More

Thank Deanne2332
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for your support of the Museum! With so many new exhibits and programs every season, you can see how it's worth visiting often. And those otters, I could watch those three play all day long. Thank you and we hope to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

When we entered, the staff greeted us warmly. After ticket purchase, we were referred to a team member that gave us a wonderful overview of the facility and its contents. We toured the entire facility. There is an exhibit of birds of prey. It is...More

Thank AJ S
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for visiting the Museum and offering such great information to new visitors! We are always aiming to improve our guest services and exhibits and reviews like yours help tremendously. We wish you all the best and hope to see you at...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was an unexpectedly nice museum, with some great displays and animal exhibits. We're looking forward to being there when the Raptor Experience is available between Memorial and Labor Days.More

Thank TwoSwimmers
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for visiting the Museum! With our ever-changing exhibits and programs, it's definitely worth returning. The Raptors show during the summer is a must-see. I was able to help a few times this summer and found I wanted to go every day....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were pleasantly surprised at the amount of artifacts and memorabilia that is here. We went to several of the special daily events that they offered. This is a great place for families whose children are over 6. We are seniors and really liked learning...More

Thank lilactimej
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for taking time to visit the Museum! We are so glad you enjoyed it. Our changing exhibits, living history characters, and wildlife encounters ensure there is always something new to explore and experience. The daily talks even change a bit every day depending...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this museum with it's animal diversity and educational presentations. The Bobcat and Otters were our favorites!More

Thank matmoor1741
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for visiting the Museum! Our wildlife team does an amazing job caring for the wildlife and educating visitors about conservation. I could watch those otters all day long! Our changing exhibits, living history characters, and wildlife encounters ensure there is always...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we stopped in with some friends on our way home from Bend and were glad we decided to do so. All the exhibits were really done well and we enjoyed every one of them. This is a gem in the middle of the boonies and...More

Thank raybobken
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for taking time to visit the Museum! Unless you know where it is, it can sneak up on you or even pass right by. We are so glad you enjoyed it and found it worth the visit. Our changing exhibits, living history characters,...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My sisters and I took our kids here for a half-day during our Sunriver vacation (about a 10-min drive away). Not only do they have indoor exhibits--Plateau Indians (possibly ending this summer), "Whose Scat Is That?", frontier/mining town, numerous High Desert critters, and more--but they...More

Thank Leslie C
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for making us a part of your Sunriver vacation! With so many exhibits, programs and acres of outdoor space, it's easy to spend all day here. When I bring my little here, I'm always impressed at how much history he easily...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Only 7 miles from Bend with Indian history and local interests. Interesting visit for a couple of hours.

Thank 63901pb
Management response:Responded 4 days ago

Thank you for taking time to visit the Museum! We are so glad you enjoyed it. Our changing exhibits, living history characters, and wildlife encounters ensure there is always something new to explore and experience, so come and see us again soon!

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caratopliff
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Response from Harold H | Reviewed this property |
Yes, no problem Enjoy your visit
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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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