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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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It was good! It was our first time so we weren't sure what to expect. Of course all the animals... read more

Reviewed 28 December 2016
780miad
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Bend, Oregon
A good place to spend half a day

Quite a lot to see at this nice museum located in a beautiful Forest, mostly about local plants... read more

Reviewed 27 December 2016
Claire B
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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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.
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  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
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Hours Today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
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+1 541-382-4754
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

It was good! It was our first time so we weren't sure what to expect. Of course all the animals that the kids wanted to see, weren't out. That was a bummer. Might go back one more time to give it another chance, but nothing...More

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Reviewed 27 December 2016

Quite a lot to see at this nice museum located in a beautiful Forest, mostly about local plants, animals and Indian tribes. They have talks by docents every hour or so.

Thank Claire B
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Reviewed 25 December 2016

A very professionally done museum. Great for all ages, especially children. It has grown each year over the decades.

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Reviewed 21 December 2016

We spent a whole day here. There are a number of good attractions and it was interesting seeing how the people here lived not all that long ago. The section on Red Indians was particularly fascinating. I also liked the section on mining.

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Reviewed 17 December 2016

We don't come often but when we do we enjoy our visit. Lots of things to see and one exhibit changes so there is always something new.

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Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Wonderful & educational. Wonderful & educational Wonderful & educational Is that 100 characters yet? Wonderful & educational

Thank Andy B
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Reviewed 15 December 2016

We spent a lot more time here than we'd expected. The otter display was fun and the guides at all of our stops were very informative. We saw an owl up close, too.

Thank Wave R
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Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

My buddy and I stopped in there just spur the moment on a trip and we really enjoyed it. Super close to Bend or La Pine. So if you are looking for some place to spend some time by yourself, with friends or even the...More

Thank Josh A
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Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

The High Desert Museum is a great place to learn about the area. They provide information on local plants and animals as well as history of tribes in the area in the past. The Ansel Adams exhibit was very well done also...

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Reviewed 9 December 2016

You can't go wrong. There is something for everyone, from the lumber mill to the otters to the mine. Exhibits change all the time so we go all the time.

Thank Susan V
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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
13 October 2017|
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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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