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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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spent almost 3 hours here,Very well laid out,lived the rescued bird sanctuary and the history of... read more

Reviewed 24 November 2016
Ron C
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Sandy, Oregon, United States
So much more here than expected!

There was a lot to see. We got here a bit late and couldn't fit it all in. Initially we were a... read more

Reviewed 22 November 2016
Brandon G
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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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  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“birds of prey” (139 reviews)
“live animals” (90 reviews)
“otter exhibit” (39 reviews)
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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 24 November 2016

spent almost 3 hours here,Very well laid out,lived the rescued bird sanctuary and the history of Bends early days-Saw mill fascinating

Thank Ron C
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Reviewed 22 November 2016

There was a lot to see. We got here a bit late and couldn't fit it all in. Initially we were a bit surprised by the admission price, but upon seeing everything that was there... it was well worth it. Science exhibits, wildlife habitats, and...More

Thank Brandon G
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Reviewed 18 November 2016

We have been here several times with our grandson since he was two. He is four and this is still one of his favorite places. I don't think he will ever outgrow this place. Inside and outside activities keeps everyone interested.

Thank Teresa M
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Reviewed 16 November 2016

I had to prod my wife to go to this museum as she thought it would be boring. Once we got there she, and I, were blown away at the quality of exhibits, thorough history, and great LIVING artifacts. The porcupine, otters, and s stole...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2016

I can't believe we have missed this on our previous visits to Sun River. An absolute MUST for all ages. Lots of fun activates and interesting displays both inside and outside!!!!

Thank Kathy B
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Reviewed 12 November 2016

The Ansel Adams Masterworks exhibit is what brought us here this time, but there is always something interesting and informative to see. The Adams show is fabulous, but we enjoyed the Buzzsaw Shark display as well. We also really enjoy seeing the critters like the...More

Thank Peggy M
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Reviewed 10 November 2016

This is a nice stop when your visiting Bend. The museum is well keep up and has some great things to see. When we were the they had Ansel Adams on display which was great. They also have a nice give store with some local...More

Thank Travelfunwhynotu
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Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

A nice combination of animals, area history and special exhibits both indoors & outside. One of the current special exhibits is Ansel Adams' photographs which was lovely. Nice gift shop.

Thank PatDSalemOR
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Reviewed 8 November 2016

The high desert museum is a very nice museum. It does an OK job of covering the flora and fauna of the area. It also provides some good exhibits relating to the volcanic nature of Central Oregon. The logging history is not very well covered...More

Thank Matthew G
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Reviewed 3 November 2016

We sped here through the rain on our tour of the US northwest to have enough time before the museum would close. We would not have hurried that much, since we saw most ot the museum within an hour. Due to the heavy rain we...More

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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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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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