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High Desert Museum

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59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
+1 541-382-4754
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Wow! Interesting, well designed exhibits and site

This was an unplanned sidetrip on the way to a Crater Lake visit and wow I'm glad we stopped... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lynn S
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College Park, Maryland
Compact but filled with wonder!

Small but perfect for families with children between of 4-10 years. Many of the exhibits gave me... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Leticia O
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Bend, Oregon
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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 at the Miller Ranch, visit the 1904 sawmill. See what life was like for pioneers, enjoy Western art and an extensive Native American collection. Special programs and events for all ages.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an unplanned sidetrip on the way to a Crater Lake visit and wow I'm glad we stopped. Great connection with the point that Bend, Oregon is on the western edge of the great American High Desert. There are very well designed exhibits on...More

Thank Lynn S
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for your great review. Sounds like you took full advantage of many of the things the Museum has to offer.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Small but perfect for families with children between of 4-10 years. Many of the exhibits gave me enough info to learn about the area I was visiting. I spent about 2 hours because I love reading all the captions, took a short nature walk, and...More

Thank Leticia O
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review. Nice to hear you took some time going through the exhibits, reading the panels and getting some "eye and brain exercise" in!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great educational museum for the young and old to experience. Has many shows and exhibits to enjoy and explore in Central Oregon. You can spend a few hours or all day enjoying what High Desert Museum has to offer.

Thank Kathleen220
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your great, five-star review! Please remember to check the website for current programs and exhibits.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located just a short drive south of Bend, OR on Highway 97, the High Desert Museum is both an indoor and outdoor venue exploring all aspects of the history, cultures and wildlife of Central Oregon. It addresses the original native population, including artwork and artifacts....More

Thank Karla B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're looking for a museum of natural Oregon, wildlife, and frontier living this is the museum for you. Without a doubt, if you are visiting Central Oregon, this is a must!!!

Thank phoxtrot
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your great review. The Museum is proudly celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, and we continue to grow and expand each year. Thanks for visiting and we hope to see you again!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of the longest Water Falls I had ever seen and certainly recommend it to travlers just a short distance from Bend, Or.

Thank 185lorenab
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Your review must have gotten mixed up with the High Desert Museum's site. We do have a little stream, but alas no waterfalls.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very nice museum. It is clean, professionally laid out and run. The WWI exhibit was running when we visited and showing the local involvement and suport (good and bad) was very interesting. I would definitely visit if you have 3-6 hours.

Thank Tim98166
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your great review. The WWII: The High Desert Home Front exhibition runs through September 10. Please check our website for current and upcoming exhibitions.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a recent trip to Bend, we saw a sign for the museum. More research led me to believe it was not worth missing out on! We had a wonderful time. The layout is beautiful in the woods and you feel like you are really...More

Thank tiaceleste
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your nice review. The Raptors of the Desert Sky outdoor flight program is a great experience as the birds fly, literally, right over head. The program finished for the season on Labor Day, as the birds molt and grow in new feathers. The...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum - half indoor exhibits, half outside - is a very well-maintained collection of rescued live desert animals, Native art and a pioneer farm (with actors). It is an okay value most of the time, but add in the live raptor show - it...More

Thank Suzanne P
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your great review. The Raptors of the Desert Sky outdoor flight show is a very popular program that runs from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. During the rest of the year, visitors can view birds of prey on exhibit or during the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There we two exhibits that blew us away. The Spirit of the West gave such a balanced and graphic and beautiful introduction to the land and its people over time, that we lingered much long than we expected. The then, the temporary exhibit: WWII and...More

1  Thank Lorraine W C
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your great review. The WWII: High Desert Home Front exhibition gives a nice perspective of what happened in this region during the war. There have been a lot of very compelling stories that have arisen from visitors over this exhibit...More

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sparkypepemoomoo
13 April 2016|
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Response from Ed258536 | Reviewed this property |
Military Discounts: Active and retired military personnel with government ID receive 10% off their family's admission. The Museum accepts all major credit cards. The best way to see the Museum is to design your own... More
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Swass3
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Response from HDM_Communications | Property representative |
Hi - Our summer rates are: Adult $15 Adult $12 Senior (65 plus) $12 Senior (65 plus) $10 Youth (ages 5-12) $9 Youth (ages 5-12) $7 Child (4 and under) Free We also allow... More
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