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Address: 59800 S Highway 97, Bend, OR 97702-7963
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+1 541-382-4754
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10:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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The museum, set on 135 acres of pine forest, has something for everyone....

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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We Love High Desert Museum!

I've lived in Bend since 1987, and The High Desert Museum has been a must for us to visit every year. There's always something new and I learn something new every time we visit... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Jonna M

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've lived in Bend since 1987, and The High Desert Museum has been a must for us to visit every year. There's always something new and I learn something new every time we visit! I used to love taking my daughter as a child, and now it's even better taking her as an adult AND the grandkids!!

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HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting the museum for the last 30 years, and for the awesome review! We look forward to seeing you for 30 more years! And, please consider celebrating our 35th Anniversary with us this May! Our Exhibit Opening - Capturing Time: Celebrating 35 Years of HDM - will be on Saturday May 13, all day! Hope to see you... More 

Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been several times each year as they have ever changing exhibits, nature trails, and living history. We take our friends and family at every chance we can. Have a nice little café also. Lived in central Oregon for 33 years and It never gets old.

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HDM_Communications, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting the museum for the last 33 years, and for the awesome review! We look forward to seeing you for 33 more years! And, please consider celebrating our 35th Anniversary with us this May! Our Exhibit Opening - Capturing Time: Celebrating 35 Years of HDM - will be on Saturday May 13, all day! Hope to see you... More 

Bend, Oregon
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I love going to the high Desert museum, there is so much to see, and sometimes the exhibits change, so you can go multiple times to see new things. I love the animals, especially the otters!! Great educational fun!

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HDM_Raptor, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive review! We are thrilled that you enjoy the animals! We love the otters too! We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Grants Pass, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Speeding along a modern highway in Eastern Oregon, looking at your GPS, its difficult to imagine that only 100 years ago......things were VERY different here. If you can, do stop by and see this very well done museum. You'll get a look at local history, as well as see what life might have been like......not that long ago.

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HDM_Raptor, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your awesome review! We are thrilled that we can provide a window into Central Oregon's cultural and natural history and that you enjoyed it! We hope to see you again soon! More 

Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoy it here. Go probably once a week. Great in all seasons and weather. Really enjoy it, indoor play area for kids.

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HDM_Raptor, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your awesome review! We are so excited that you visit us once a week! We look forward to seeing you again next week! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great museum. It offers a bit of history on central Oregon plus you get to see some of the local animals. A very interesting mix of things (animals and history).

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HDM_Raptor, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your awesome review! We are thrilled that we can provide a unique mix of Central Oregon's cultural and natural history. We're so pleased that you enjoyed it and the animals! We hope to see you again soon! More 

Loomis, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had planned to snowshoe but the rain put us off so we decided to visit the High Desert Museum instead. We had seen the reviews on TripAdvisor, but did not expect much - planned to spend a half hour here. Boy were we wrong - over 2 hours later we were still going. There are indoor and outdoor exhibits... More 

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HDM_Raptor, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your awesome review! We are thrilled to have surprised you in such a wonderful way on a rainy day! We are so pleased to provide a unique mix of Central Oregon's cultural and natural history. We're so pleased that you enjoyed the cultural exhibits, the animals, and the Rimrock Cafe! We hope to see you... More 

Wilsonville, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago credit card Amex Cardmember Review

Have been here many times over the past 15+ years..always something new to see and always very informative. Absolutely bring the kids here, educational, interesting and beautiful to be here.

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HDM_Raptor, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We look forward to seeing you again soon! More 

Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

What an amazing place! Don't miss the walking tour... so much to see... and fresh air! The staff is great and the displays incredible. Loved the barn and old mill and root cellar. I can't wait to take the Grandkids back on their next visit!

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HDM_Raptor, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review! We're so glad you recommend the wlaking tour. We look forward to seeing you and your Grandkids again soon! More 

Bend, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had an opportunity to visit the High Desert Museum on the evening the WWII exhibit opened. A unique dimension to the exhibit is that many parts that Central Oregon played in the war are included. So much that I am going back. And it is great for children too.

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HDM_Raptor, Public Relations Manager at High Desert Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so proud to have the WWII exhibit and absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed it! More 

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