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High Desert Museum, Oregon


In the hip, eco-friendly town of Bend, this unusual learning center offers several living history displays about daily life on the Oregon Trail. Kids get a chance to help with chores and learn to churn butter, split wood and dip candles. There's also a working sawmill from the 1800s and a ranch house to explore. The museum is home to rescue animals native to the Northwest, including bobcats, lynx, falcons, Gila monsters and rattlesnakes. Other more traditional exhibits illustrate the fine arts of the region, the work of fur traders, and the difficulties of life on the Trail.

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