High Desert Museum
101 locals recommend ·
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Great natural history museum with rotating exhibits, wildlife habitats and shows in summer. Cafe. Gift shop.
This is a great museum that does a wonderful job at showcasing the history and nature of Central Oregon. If this is your first time in Central Oregon it's worth a visit. Try to visit on a day when they have the old saw mill working. Fun fact, when our kids were little we were in their commercial!
Wonderful day trip, outstanding gift shop, restaurant ! Great for kids of ALL ages and of course adults. Local favorite!
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