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High Desert Museum, Bend

4.7
#1 of 190 in Museums in Oregon
Must see · Specialty Museum · Museum
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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  • This was my second trip to the High Desert Museum, and my husband's first. We had more time to spend here, all of which was worthwhile. Excellent outdoor exhibits, especially the otters. A nice array....  more »
  • Great historical overview of the High Plains desert. Wonderful exhibits, interesting artifacts, and intriguing displays. This is a great way to spend a couple of hours - suitable for all ages. Loved.....  more »
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  • We had such a great time! Loved seeing the animals and learning! The kids were so quiet in the birds of prey area, I couldn’t even believe it. Then we ran into some workers that were talking and my son said in his whisper voice, “we must be very quiet to not scare the birds.” My kids wouldn’t leave the otters because they were just sure they were going to go swimming soon. The food in the cafe is also quite good. I had a garden salad and it was really nice, kids had Mac and cheese, appears to be Kraft, but that’s a huge plus for us!!
  • I got married here almost 2 years ago and just brought my nice back a couple of weeks ago. This place is always fun for kinds and the talks that the museum puts on throughout the day are well organized and interesting. As a wedding venue we were treated so well and the staff bent over backwards to make our special day as memorable as possible.

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