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Indelible memories and ear-to-ear grins. Wildlife adventures and families brought together again. That's the High Desert Museum. Where captivating animals, artful exhibits and colorful historic characters bring you back, year after year, for generations to come.

For affordable family fun, no other attraction in Bend, Oregon can match the High Desert Museum. Don't miss our newest exhibits, Water's Extreme Journey and  Painting Oregon's Harvest: The Art of Kathy Deggedorfer. No other museum offers such an interesting array of wildlife, living history and ever-changing exhibits.

Come see what everyone’s raving about.  We're proud to be rated the #1 attraction in Bend by TripAdvisor!  

Upcoming Events

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Nov 22
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Our Blog

The story of Snowshoe the lynx

Snowshoe, a male hybrid lynx who lived at the High Desert Museum for nine years, died last night. He had been under a veterinarian’s care recently for kidney failure.  Snowshoe’s exact age isn’t known but it’s believed he was in his 20s, having lived much longer than lynx do in the wild.

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Owls at Halloween

Around the world, people have associated owls with mystery, witchcraft and even death. After all, they are creatures of the night, and we humans are inherently fearful...