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High Desert Museum

  • 59800 S. Hwy. 97 Map It
  • Bend
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 01/19/2016

Fodor's Review

The West was actually wild, and this combo museum/zoo proves it. Kids will love the up-close-and-personal encounters with Gila monsters, snakes, porcupines, birds of prey, Vivi the bobcat, and Snowshoe the lynx. Characters in costume take part in the Living History series, where you can chat with stagecoach drivers, boomtown widows, pioneers, homesteaders, and sawmill operators. Peruse the 110,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor exhibits, such as Spirit of the West and a historic family ranch, to experience how the past can truly come alive.

Sight Information


59800 S. Hwy. 97, 7 miles south of downtown Bend, Bend, Oregon, 97702, USA

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Sight Details:

  • $15 May–Oct., $12 Nov.–Apr.

Published 01/19/2016


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