Top 5 Museums In Sun River

Sunriver is brimming not only with natural beauty, but with a unique culture and history that will enrapture visitors when they visit the town’s local museums. Find out more about Sunriver’s best museums below! There are plenty of things to do in Sunriver.

Sunriver Nature Center

This interactive museum has exhibits on the local environment and live animal showings where staff members teach visitors about the local wildlife. There are also a botanical garden and a nature trail that accompany the facility.

Lava Lands Visitor Center

Located at the base of the Lava Butte trail inside of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument and just north of Lava River Cave, the Lava Lands Visitor Center explores the scientific and geological process at work behind the formation of this dynamic and beautiful area, which is believed to have taken place thousands of years ago. There are also several trails that extend from the Lava Lands Visitor Center to nearby natural landmarks, including Lava Butte and Benham Falls. If you plan on traveling inside of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, you’ll need to purchase a pass at the center.

High Desert Museum

The high desert refers to a unique environment habitat that can be found in Sunriver and the rest of the Central Oregon area. At the High Desert Museum, visitors can enjoy hands-on exhibits and programs related to the ecological and societal history of this extraordinary region. Additionally, their Living History exhibit—located on the Miller Family Ranch that accompanies the museum—provides insight into how homesteaders lived in the early days of Central Oregon through historical reenactments.

Deschutes Historical Museum

In nearby downtown Bend, you’ll find the Deschutes Historical Museum housed within a historic schoolhouse that was the first educational institution in the region: The Reid School. Built in 1914, the building now serves as a museum dedicated to showcasing the cultural history of Deschutes County, which includes both Sunriver and Bend.

Oregon Observatory

Located next to the Sunriver Nature Center, visitors can see the observatory at night and drink in the light of the stars from an unfettered vantage point. The observatory also offers daytime solar-viewing programs.

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