5. High Desert Museum (Bend, Oregon)
Nature meets history in this fascinating museum that lets visitors get up-close-and-personal to not only almost 30,000 historical artifacts and artwork, but also more than 100 rescued wild animals (otter, lynx, hawks, falcons, spotted owls, wildcats, eagles…). High Desert Museum is also a living history museum where you can help a frontier homesteader with her chores. Events last year ranged from fossil digs to mining days to a wild mustang adoption. You can tell the founder of this museum was the kind of man who would raise a wolf cub for his high school biology class (which he did). Founder Donald M. Kerr’s dream of bringing people closer to nature lives on here.