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

Oct 30
Backpack Explorers
Nov 1
Thorn Hollow String Band Stomp your feet and dosey doe More >
Nov 5
Backpack Explorers
Nov 5
Water Management in the West: Part III Join Curator of Western History Dr. Margaret Lee More >
Nov 6
Backpack Explorers

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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...

Observations of a Museum newbie.

There's nothing quite like the perspective of a newcomer. A couple weeks on the job here, and everyone wants to know, "How's it going?"  "What's it like there?"...