Indelible memories and ear-to-ear grins. Wildlife adventures and families brought together again. That's the High Desert Museum. Where captivating animals, enlightening exhibits and colorful historic characters bring you back, year after year. The Museum is consistently rated the #1 attraction in Bend by Trip Advisor.

For affordable family fun, no other attraction in Bend, Oregon can match the High Desert Museum. Don't miss our newest exhibit, Out On A Limb and Brewing Culture: The Craft of Beer. No other museum offers such an interesting array of wildlife, living history and artful exhibits. Come see what everyone’s raving about. 






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Museum adds a barred owl to its raptor collection

We’re excited to have just added a fifth owl species to our collection: the barred owl. This beautiful and remarkable species joins our popular hawks, eagles and falcons currently on exhibit.

The barred owl is a large owl native to the mixed deciduous/coniferous forests of the eastern U.S. Throughout the 20th century, the species made a...

Story of an Oregon Golden Eagle - Part 2

by John Goddell, Curator of Natural History

Although the golden eagle is found throughout the northern hemisphere,  the majority of the North American population lives in the High Desert. In many ways, the High Desert regions of Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon and Washington have been refugia for a species whose breeding range once...