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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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Do stop here!!

This is a must visit! Great displays, exhibits, presentation and folks! Wish we had more time to... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Carol E
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You must make this part of your trip to Central Oregon

We've been patrons of the High Desert Museum off and on for about 15 years. This local gem never... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Tori M
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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 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a must visit! Great displays, exhibits, presentation and folks! Wish we had more time to spend.

Thank Carol E
Reviewed 5 days ago

We've been patrons of the High Desert Museum off and on for about 15 years. This local gem never ceases to entertain and amaze us (not just our kids!). The exhibits are kid-friendly, informative and well-maintained. The meandering outdoor paths and exhibits are beautiful and...More

Thank Tori M
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for your great review and for being patrons of the Museum! We couldn't do all the things we do without the support of our members, corporate sponsors, donors and others. Thank you for your long-running and continued support!

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a top museum, exhibit. Several wings. Native American, Western Migration, Otter pond, Raptor sanctuary, hourly wildlife talks, turn of century ranch life exhibit, dinosaurs, snack bar, gift shop has lots of items.

Thank JackP92348
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for your great review. Just to clarify, the dinosaur-related exhibition Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx is a temporary exhibition that runs through April 8, 2018. Otherwise, that's us in a nutshell!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a beautifully thought out museum. The raptor enclosures are huge. All the birds have some sort of condition that makes caring for them essential. The history hall is well done especially if you catch a guided tour. We found a vegan choice on...More

Thank tbbstar321
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for your great review, and welcome new members! The outdoor enclosures for the birds of prey were designed for sight and mobility issues. Their permanent injuries keep them from being released into the wild where they would not survive. The Rimrock Cafe tries to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is of a much higher caliber than I'd expected. Very well done permanent exhibits and top level traveling shows of both science and art. At one point they had a walk through butterfly exhibit, a show all about scat, Native American art, and...More

Thank Jackie A
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for the great review. Please check out the Museum's website for a list of current exhibitions and daily programs.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this museum. It wasn't terribly expensive but had a very wide variety of displays, both indoors and outdoors. There was a lot of history, wildlife, and art. Great gift shop with fun items. The staff was very nice and helpful to answer...More

1  Thank mdfloyd322
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks very much for your review. The Silver Sage Trading store has a lot of local artwork and jewelry, fun toys and educational games, and more!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the best WWII exhibits I have ever seen!Showed how it affected the Central Oregon area.Learned about some attacks by the Japanese I had never known about.

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

Thank you for your great review. The WWII: High Desert Home Front was well received by the public. The exhibition has closed, but we appreciate your comments. Please see the website for a list of current exhibitions.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My sister had her wedding here. It was beautiful! The staff is accommodating and very nice. All went smoothly. I highly recommend it!More

Thank Mizashley83
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for the review, and congratulations to your sister! Hosting a private event such as a wedding or corporate event at the Museum is an unforgettable and unique experience. Our event staff works with interested parties to create a truly memorable event. Please see our...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always enjoy visiting this museum. Their standard exhibits and their new rotating ones are excellent. We enjoyed the raptor talk as well. Any time we are in Bend, we try to visit as it always has something new and interesting.

Thank katwave1
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your great 5-star review! We suggest that guests check the website for current and upcoming exhibitions and programs, as well as current hours and rates prior to visiting.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really learned a lot at this museum. I am a Midwestern gal and was in for business. Passionately interested in history and places. I did not know what the 'high desert' is. Love the mixture of inside and outside exhibits. Bought a couple of...More

Thank Rebecca M
HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review and sorry about your interaction with the Silver Sage Trading staff member. I take it that the rest of your encounters with staff or volunteers went well.

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BlueTravels
13 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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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
12 August 2015|
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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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