If your family is planning a trip to central Oregon, you simply must put the High Desert Museum on your list of places that you must visit. It is a worthy stop and one which you will not regret!

The indoor and outdoor exhibits at this museum will keep you and your kids happily occupied enthralled for many hours. Our family visited from 9 a.m. to noon and could have easily stretched out our visit a little bit longer.

From the moment we set foot inside the doors of the museum we were engaged with the exhibits.

Here are some of the things which we experienced:

  • Desertarium. This exhibit features animals which thrive in the high desert, including tortoises, lizards, and a fine variety of snakes and insects.



  • Otters!
  • A fantastic “Spirit of the West” exhibit which takes you on a journey past a Northern Paiute shelter, on through a hard rock mine and a booming western town. We marveled at this exhibit. It was so fun.




  • Outdoor nature trails and a play area for the children.



Do note that there is a cafe connected with the museum if you would like to eat lunch on site. I didn’t check the price range of their menu items but you can call ahead for such information if you like. Here is a link to the Rimrock Cafe.

We really had such a great time visiting this museum. It is one the best that we have been to in that it truly did have something for everyone. There were plenty of interactive exhibits (always popular with kids), live animals (a great treat) and tons of information about the desert and the people who have lived in it or traveled through it. We would not hesitate to go back to this museum ourselves and are delighted to recommend it to anyone planning a visit to the area.

For more information, check out The High Desert Museum website.