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High Desert Museum, Bend

4.7
#1 of 149 in Museums in Oregon
See indoor and outdoor exhibits of wildlife, culture, and the spirit of North America's high desert country at High Desert Museum. Take a guided tour of The West, past dioramas of historical settlements, through a fort, and into a mine. Learn about Native American cultures, get close-up with the animals of the region, and see a collection of 18,500 objects, from artifacts to vintage cars. There's a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating on site that offers sandwiches, burgers, wraps, salads, and soups. Plan to see High Desert Museum and other attractions that appeal to you using our Bend sightseeing planner.
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  • One of the finest facilities of it’s kind in the United States. A destination if you are anywhere nearby.  more »
  • We visit Central Oregon a few times a year and go here most of our visits! Like an educational zoo:) Love that it is indoor and outdoor - our kids love it every time! Spend about 2 hours here  more »
  • Very well done with great interactive displays for children and adults. The otter area and host education talk was very fun. The birds of prey area was amazing. We highly recommend attending the saw m...  more »
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  • Beautiful cultural and natural museum. If your want to learn about and experience Central Oregon, the high desert, and beauty of the region, this place is a must see. Give yourself two or three hours. Be prepared to walk around outside as well. I love the shows and changing exhibits. Great for families.
  • The High Desert Museum was a great experience for the family. We especially enjoyed watching the river otters play and experiencing a homestead of the early 1900's. The "family members" there knew so much and stayed in character the whole time. Very impressive!
  • Great place to visit on the way to Bend! Great people, interesting exhibits and we love the way they acknowledge all the local history. Also a great place to walk around and explore inside and out after driving a long way. Great place to visit!
  • This is a great place to spend a few hours. It's a mixture of museum, zoo, interactive theatre focused on life, history and nature in the High Desert. Very educational but retains a good deal of fun for children and adults. It has live demonstrations of birds of prey and desert creatures as well as life in the pioneering days. The staff are friendly and passionate about their subject and there are guided tours. There is also a decent cafe serving hot and cold food. The facilities are clearly well maintained and clean.
  • After all the years of going to the High Desert Museum I never get tired of if. The exhibits are always changing. There are new stories and experiences every time. The staff and docents are very knowledgeable and friendly. The birds of prey are my sons favorites and the indoor shows are so cool.
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