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Temporary Exhibits Currently Open
Rain, Snow or Shine
Opening September 12, 2015. From rain to shine to snow to hail weather plays a large role in how we live our everyday lives.
Tough by Nature
Opens early October 2015
Tough by Nature showcases artist Lynda Lanker's passion for the American West and the women who have shaped it.
Sage Grouse: Icon of the Sagebrush Sea
Sage Grouse: Icon of the Sagebrush Sea opens at the High Desert Museum on October 17. The exhibit follows on the heels of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s determination to list the bird under the Endangered Species Act.
Farmers, Builders, Warriors: The Hidden Life of Ants
Opens January 23, 2016
Art for a Nation: Inspiration from the Great Depression
Opens April 16, 2016
Permanent Indoor Exhibits
Spirit of the West
Journey through the history of the High Desert and experience the sights and sounds of those who lived and worked in this part of the West.
By Hand Through Memory
Explore the little known journey of the Indian nations of the Columbia River Plateau as they traveled from reservation confinement to the 21st century.
Our bobcat can be seen year-round in a forested atrium in the Hall of Exploration and Settlement.
See the creatures that thrive in the High Desert: Tortoises, turtles, lizards, snakes, spiders and even scorpions.
Younger children climb, slide, explore and dress up in this playful, indoor exhibit.
The stagecoach is a icon of the American West. Admire this authentic coach and learn its famous history.
Permanent Outdoor Exhibits
Miller Family Ranch
Step back in time and see what life was like on the 1904 Miller Family Ranch. Meet the characters, play games, do some chores, and hear tales of frontier life.
Donald M. Kerr Birds of Prey Center
Get a close-up look at some of nature's most majestic predators - owls, hawks, eagles, falcons and other birds of the High Desert
Autzen Otter Exhibit
You'll love the antics of our river otters. Watch them swim, frolic and feed from above, or below.
Talk to the sawyers about what it takes to convert timber into lumber the way it was done more than 100 years ago.
Porcupines Thistle and Honeysuckle share a habitat exhibit just outside the Birds of Prey Center.
Meet a Ranger and enjoy this historic little building from the Forest Service.
Dig, Crawl, Climb!
Pretend you're a spider or a burrowing owl. The name says it all... kids will love to dig, crawl and climb in the outdoor play area.
Enjoy the beauty of our 135 acre grounds. A one-half mile nature trail wanders along a creek, past a pond and through second-growth ponderosa pine forest,.
Changing Forest Exhibit
Explore our forest ecosystems and learn about fire, ecology and logging.
Earth, Wind and Fire Interpretive Trail
This nature trail shows you first hand the effects of a prescribed burn on a Ponderosa Forest.