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Des Chutes Historical Museum, Bend

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The Deschutes Historical Museum is a museum of local history that is located in the historic Reid School in Bend, Oregon. Opened in 1980 and operated by the Deschutes County Historical Society, the museum's exhibits focus on the area's prehistory, Native American tribes, explorers, pioneers, the logging industry, transportation, and the United States Forest Service. Historic items and antiques are displayed to show home and school life in different periods.

The history library is open to the public and a small bookstore features works on Central Oregon history.

The museum is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
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  • The city of Bend used the 1914 Reid School as a depository for local artifacts. The historic building features a classroom setup so familiar to anyone over the age of 50. Nice displays, though some...  more »
  • They have our history in a small space but the staff is very willing to help find something. We went in looking for an address of a family that lived here 100 years ago. We found out property was...  more »
  • Engaging staff, stellar exhibits that invite you to lose yourself for hours. I'm now a member, considering a move be to be closer to Portland for school. Very lucky to visit on a reception/presentation eve. After- hours access was sweet!!!
  • Such a cool little museum! So much more than you would expect and very well kept and displayed! Can't wait to come back!

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