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This one-of-a kind museum reveals the nature of things in the West’s High Desert through artful exhibits, engaging animals, interactive programs and meaningful history.

The High Desert Museum has been inspiring families since 1982, and is rated as a top Central Oregon attraction by Trip Advisor. Experience a close encounter with native wildlife such as an owl, otter, bobcat, porcupine or eagle. Talk with historic characters who share the tales of early Oregon settlers. Walk through time to explore the history of the west, and delight your kids with fun, hands-on programs. Dine and shop at the Rimrock Café and Silver Sage Trading Store. Open daily and we’re closed on Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving & Christmas. Rates and hours at www.highdesertmuseum.org.

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Featured Place - National Geographic Society Oregon/Washington Geotourism MapGuide. Find out more at TheCentralCascades.com.

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