Welcome

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

Date
Oct 25
Off-Site Field Trip: Passage for Wildlife Passage for Wildlife More >
Oct 25
Tales of Hallow’s Eve Dress up your goblins and witches More >
Oct 28
History Pub: Our Vanishing Glaciers History Pub: Our Vanishing Glaciers More >
Oct 29
Backpack Explorers
Oct 30
Backpack Explorers

Our Blog

Falcons at the Museum

The slow-flying pigeon didn’t have a prayer. From high above, the peregrine falcon zeroed in on its prey, tucked his wings, and dove. With speed topping 200 miles an hour, it struck with its...

The Museum's Animals

Caring for animals at the High Desert Museum involves more than just cleaning, feeding and watering; like the rest of us, bobcats thrive if given numerous opportunities to express their species-...