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About the Museum

Plan Your Visit

Check out current exhibits and daily programs, find directions, rates, hours and more.

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Kids & Families

Explore Together

Learn about kid-friendly exhibits, activities, camps and more.

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Teach & Learn

Lifelong learning starts here! Explore teacher trainings, memorable field trips and unique school programs.

Join the HDM Family

Make an Impact

Volunteer, become a member or donate to support arts, education, wildlife and more.

The Museum

History & Art

Otters, porcupines, owls, oh my! Encounter wildlife up close, explore the history and culture of the wild West and take in beautiful art. The High Desert Museum is a cultural gem set on 135 acres of awe. It’s no wonder visitors voted us one of the best things to do in Bend Oregon!


  • 09.22.18 - 09.25.18
    8:00 am - 6:00 pm

This is the trip of a lifetime! We’ve partnered with Wanderlust Tours to develop an exquisite trip through these remote landscapes. Experience the breathtaking stillness of a desert horizon and the overwhelming sight of an untainted night sky filled with stars. Learn all about the fascinating cultural and natural history of these locales from a (more…)

  • 09.27.18
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Burning Man has become internationally known for the groundbreaking art and performance it brings every year to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. Burning Man Arts supports the creation of large-scale, high-impact, interactive art through grants, mentorship, and art management programs. The organization describes its mission as being to “change the paradigm of art from a commodified (more…)

  • 10.06.18
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Botanical Drawing Workshop with Rebecca Brown-Thompson Learn how to draw plants in their infinite variety with renowned artist and illustrator Rebecca Brown-Thompson. Thompson is an award-winning member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and splits her time between Central Oregon and New Zealand. This workshop, which is designed for artists with beginning and intermediate (more…)

  • 10.06.18
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Miller family has been tending to their garden all summer and needs your help to prepare for winter. Dig and clean potatoes to store in the root cellar, press fresh apples into cider and even pickle some eggs. Help make sure the Millers are stocked with the necessities for the changing seasons. 11:00 am (more…)

  • 10.06.18
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fur traders navigated the tributaries of the Columbia River Basin long before homesteaders permanently settled in Oregon. Winter is the working season for fur traders. Experience a fully operational brigade camp as they make their own preparations for the upcoming season. Help dig for root crops and learn what makes the beaver so desirable. 11:00 (more…)


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Art, History

High Desert Dreams: The Lost Homesteads of the Fort Rock Basin

Photographer Rich Bergeman captures the decaying homesteads, vanished town sites and High Desert ecology through beautiful black-and-white photographs.

9.8.18 -

Art, Natural History

Animal Journeys: Navigating in Nature

The High Desert Museum is pleased to present Animal Journeys: Navigating in Nature, an original exhibition exploring the navigational feats performed by wildlife.

9.22.18 -

Art, History

By Her Hand: Native American Women, Their Art, and the Photographs of Edward S. Curtis

By highlighting works of art created by Native women alongside Curtis’s photographs, this exhibition celebrates Indigenous artistic traditions that have existed for centuries and continue to thrive within Native communities today..

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