About The Museum

General Information

Key Facts

135 forested acres of animals, artful exhibits and meaningful history. Indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife presentations and hands-on programs for the entire family.
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Hours and Rates

Our summer hours are 9:00-5:00. Winter hours 10:00 - 4:00. Please allow at least two hours to see all animals and exhibits. More >


Through exhibits, wildlife, and living history, High Desert Museum creates learning experiences to help audiences discover their connection to the past, their role in the present, and their responsibility to the future.
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Getting Here

High Desert Museum is five miles south of Bend on South Highway 97. Exit for the Museum is on the left driving south. More >

Guest Services

Guest Services

Disabled Visitor Information, Service animals, Picnic Tables, Event Rentals and Weddings, Education Center, Concessions, Stroller, Free Parking, Tour Groups, Pets, Chipmunks and Squirrels, Non-discrimination Statement More >

Group Tours

Call the Museum to make reservations two weeks in advance at 541-382-4754 ext 241. More >

Event Rental

The uniquely beautiful setting, with its art, natural setting, live animal habitats and priceless artifacts, offers an atmosphere unlike any other. More >

Silver Sage Store

Unique gifts, books and toys from the High Desert. Gift ideas include jams, hand-crafted jewelry, glass animals and bug houses. New items weekly. More >

Rimrock Cafe

Time for coffee, lunch, or a tasty snack? Our family-friendly cafe offers a wide selection with indoor and outdoor patio seating. More >


Videos & Social Media

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Press Releases

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Website photos by: Myra Blaylock, Todd Carey, Lee Schaefer and Abbott Schindler

The development of this site was supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.