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Whether you're three or 93, there's something for everyone at the High Desert Museum. See birds of prey, otters, porcupines, a bobcat and more. Check out our collection of desert dwellers in our 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 fall, including new exhibit openings, renovation of the Autzen Otter Exhibit, return of the Natural History Pub Series, and a lot more great programming! Our Fall HDM Happenings is the must-do guide to fall programs and events at the Museum. Our daily Raptors of the Desert Sky flight program is sure to please locals and visitors alike - daily at 12:30 (purchase tickets by noon), and will continue through Labor Day, September 7.

 


Our Blog

Sage Grouse: Icon of the Sagebrush Sea

By John Goodell
Donald M. Kerr Curator of Natural History

My fascination with sage grouse began 20years 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...