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Museums

Bend, Oregon offers distinct museum experiences for everyone from animal lovers to history buffs. Spend the day discovering the geological and human history of this fascinating part of the world.

High Desert Museum

Discover the natural world and cultural history of the West`s High Desert through artful exhibits, alluring animals, engaging programs and meaningful history. The High Desert Museum has been inspiring families since 1982 and is consistently rated as the top Central Oregon attraction by Trip Advisor. With 135 acres and more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, it`s a "must see" for anyone traveling through or living in the region. Get a close-up view of native wildlife, such as river otters, bobcat, porcupine and badger. Talk with historic characters who share tales of early Oregon explorers and settlers. Visit an authentic homestead and sawmill from 1904.

Deschutes Historical Museum

The Deschutes Historical Society is an organization "to gather, preserve and make available museum, library and other historical material relating to the history of Central Oregon." It was incorporated August 4, 1975. When plans were being made for the National Bicentennial Celebration in 1975 it was felt that Deschutes County needed a historical society, so the Bend Chapter of the American Association of University Women sponsored the organization.

Childrens Museum of Central Oregon

The Children`s Museum of Central Oregon offers hand on educational experiences through play and experimentation. As Central Oregon grows, we`ve fostered a remarkable array of cultural activities - enhancing both our community and the tourist industry that is so critical to our area. The presence of a Children`s Museum will enhance this community centered cultural richness. Central Oregon is full of young families, and those with children know how fortunate we are to live in such a family friendly, active and engaged place.