High Desert Museum

High Desert Museum, Bend: Hours, Address, High Desert Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

High Desert Museum
4.5
09:00 - 17:00
Monday
09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
09:00 - 17:00
Thursday
09:00 - 17:00
Friday
09:00 - 17:00
Saturday
09:00 - 17:00
Sunday
09:00 - 17:00
About
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. Go to highdesertmuseum.org/tickets for more details!
Suggested duration
More than 3 hours
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Patrick A
Cambridge, VT1 contribution
Solid little museum!
Sep 2021 • Couples
Great museum showcasing all the fascinating aspects of the local flora and fauna! Multiple interactive shows throughout the day, awesome collection of rescued birds of prey, and more. Native American exhibit was great too!
Written 9 September 2021
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Kim
Eugene, OR52 contributions
A must see in Central Oregon
Aug 2021 • Couples
My husband and I went to the museum yesterday and had a fabulous day. There was so much to see. The exhibits were so well done. The staff was super friendly. Someone recently posted they felt it was a little pricey. I don't know what they are talking about. $17 seemed fair. The place was marvelous and must cost a fortune to keep going. We even ate ate the Cafe, my husband had a sandwich with fries and I had an ahi tuna green salad. $13 & $14. We would pay that anywhere. Usually in a place like this the food is crap and expensive. Not so here. Wonderful place for anyone to visit.
Written 27 August 2021
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Docsbob
Yucca Valley, CA142 contributions
Great exhibits
Aug 2021
This museum was much larger than expected. They have both indoor and outdoor exhibits. A good display of history and nature. Would've been 5 stars but I felt it was a little pricey. That being said, if you like to read/take your time, you could easily spend 3-5 hours here.
Written 23 August 2021
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Frank P
Eugene, OR1,159 contributions
Outstanding
Jul 2021
This is a great stop to learn and enjoy the animals of the desert. This is a first class Museum that is just beautiful and fits into the surrounding landscape. On a hot day the inside exhibits are air conditioned. Pathways to the outside exhibits are nicely done. The staff here is Exceptional with information and a real enthusiasm for the place and the animals. This is a MUST Stop if you are in the area.
Written 19 August 2021
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Larry L
Hillsboro, OR59 contributions
Great for kids or adults.
Aug 2021
It had been fifteen years since my last visit. Took my sister and brother-in-law. We all enjoyed the museum greatly. Wonderful indoor and outdoor exhibits.
Written 10 August 2021
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Laura R
Bainbridge Island, WA4 contributions
Interesting
Aug 2021
This museum was ok, but didn't have as many animals as we were expexted. There were both inside exhibits and outside experiences.
Written 8 August 2021
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Timothy M
3 contributions
High Desert Museum is a MUST
Jul 2021
They have a live Raptor experience every day at 11:30 am and it is amazing! The birds fly right over your head as you sit in an outdoor "theater" and listen to an interesting description of the various birds, their habitat and life in the area.
The Museum itself was one of the best I have ever visited. Excellent depictions of the High Desert Plains life from the earliest days of Native Americans, through the western development from the East. Really well done!

Oh yes - Very clean facility overall!!
Written 20 July 2021
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rbrianchin
3 contributions
Just okay
Jul 2021
Bird show, otters, and indoor exhibits were pretty nice. But considering the hype and placement on several "must do" lists we were left a little disappointed. With so many other great outdoor options in Bend, I wouldn't feel compelled to go.
Written 19 July 2021
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Kathy V
Gresham, OR63 contributions
Wonderful Museum
Jul 2021
This is put together so well - so many elements (nature, history, interactive, Native Americans, pioneers, etc.). We spent about 2 (at least) here and enjoyed it all!
Written 10 July 2021
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Ryan W
8 contributions
Very impressed
Jul 2021 • Couples
Very impressed. Beautiful Mueseum. Very clean and organized. Got in free for military. Bird show was awesome. Otters were adorable. There was a small indoor replica of a western town which was so well made. Reminded me of old school Disneyland. Lots of love put into this place.
Written 6 July 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about High Desert Museum

High Desert Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00