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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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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: 09:00 - 17:00
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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"birds of prey"
in 144 reviews
"live animals"
in 94 reviews
"indoor and outdoor exhibits"
in 42 reviews
"otter exhibit"
in 40 reviews
"living history"
in 29 reviews
"animal exhibits"
in 28 reviews
"great exhibits"
in 25 reviews
"all ages"
in 115 reviews
"desert sky"
in 18 reviews
"bird show"
in 20 reviews
"rotating exhibits"
in 19 reviews
"old west"
in 25 reviews
"central oregon"
in 119 reviews
"native americans"
in 37 reviews
"river otters"
in 24 reviews
"gift shop"
in 51 reviews
"on display"
in 22 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Initially turned off by the cost of admission and our grandchildren saying they disliked museums we almost didn’t go. I am very glad we went...the price of admission wasn’t bad when you consider we spent over 4 good hours seeing the River otters, the old...More

Thank Takarehi
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This amazing place is a living museum... part zoo, part art gallery, part natural science museum, part cultural anthropology museum, part botanical garden. In a gentle way, you are introduced to the forces of nature and mankind which shaped the Great Basin and the High...More

Thank Ellen S
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The High Desert Museuam outside of Bend is a gem of a place. Nice shaded walking trails take you through raptor exhibits, playful river otters, trout pond, curious ground squirrels, and rambunctious chipmunks. The historic sawmill and period village with its actors was very informative....More

Thank Richard H
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Reviewed 5 days ago

they did pioneer laundry, viewed otters, experienced so much in a short time. We even were lucky enough to see the High Desert Ranger Station open and the docent was wonderful. What a lovely day.

Thank SherryG487
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our children (9 and 11 yrs) really enjoyed this opportunity. The raptor show is a MUST. Please don't miss it. Check website as the times change due to heat of the week. Otters - are gorgeous. Well worth half a day with children. Go early!

Thank Lani M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is truly one of the finest museums with a huge variety of interest and displays... terrific native american exhibits, outstanding raptor and wildlife exhibits... must visit the otter disply and true steam powered sawmill. Every time we visit, something new and fresh to see,...More

1  Thank portlandvisit2016
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well lay out is just right for easy, informative tour. The staff (and docents) are very knowledgeable and versed in local lore. Well worth the stop!

Thank doug h
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to the museum as part of an event. The space is very nice with a lot of different animals on display including snakes, spiders, owls, otters, porcupines and even a cougar. Interesting info about mountain climbing is also part of the museum. We...More

Thank ep1979
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fantastic museum. We weren’t sure if we wanted to go because we were leaving for California that day. Afterward we both agreed it was well worth the time. We were there for about three hours. We were there in July and got...More

Thank Sacto19
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was requesting for interpreter and they did. I was enjoying that place.. even our first time and 4 deaf of us went there. 2 years ago

Thank Jesica D
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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
12 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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