Wildlife and Living History

Whether you're three or 93, there's something for everyone at the High Desert Museum. 

See birds of prey, the porcupine exhibit, a bobcat and more. Check out our collection of desert dwellers in the Desertarium. Visit with living history characters at the 1904 Miller Family Ranch. Explore High Desert history and culture in our permanent exhibits. The Museum is set on 135 beautiful wooded acres just south of Bend. It's no wonder the Museum is ranked the #1 thing to do in Bend by TripAdvisor. 

We have a lot going on at the Museum this winter including new exhibits, the popular Natural History Pub Series, lectures, kids campsspecial events and more.


Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants magnifies the lives of these tiny creatures and compares their social structure to ours. Through April 3, 2016

The Sage Grouse: Icon of the Sagebrush Sea exhibition explores the fascinating natural history, cultural significance and conservation efforts to protect sage grouse and their habitat. Through April 24, 2016.

Rain, Snow or Shine takes a look at weather patterns, climatic changes, weather forecasting and understanding the impacts it has on our environment. Through July 17, 2016


Please note that our otters are currently off exhibit while their home is being renovated. View our progress at Autzen Otter Exhibit and help make their new habitat wonderful both for the otters and visitors. 





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Sage Grouse: Icon of the Sagebrush Sea

By John Goodell
Donald M. Kerr Curator of Natural History

My fascination with sage grouse began 20 years ago with an invitation by a friend to hunt the majestic greater sage-grouse with our falcons. I arrived in late November at his camp on the banks of the Sandy River in Wyoming,...

A New Delivery for the High Desert Museum!

By Alysia Wolf, assistant curator/wildlife      

In the midst of staff preparations for our summer season, our porcupine Honey had a baby!  

A baby porcupine is called a...