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About the Museum

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Kids & Families

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

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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!


  • 01.22.18
    5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Screen the movie chronicling the life and the assassination of gay activist and elected official Harvey Milk. 5:30 pm | Monday, January 22 | Tin Pan theater (more…)

  • 01.24.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 01.25.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Parents and children ages 3-5 investigate science, art, music, stories and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks filled with exciting artifacts while journeying through the Museum’s nature trails and exhibits. Foster artistic expression in your little one and take home activities to continue the learning. New themes weekly! Members (more…)

  • 01.25.18
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wind energy development aids in the achievement of renewable energy goals and supports our future economic and environmental security. Dr. Roberto Albertani, Boeing professor of mechanical engineering at Oregon State University, will address engineering methods that provide automatic eagle detection and deterrence without affecting wind turbine operations, thus making wind energy more wildlife friendly. 6:00 (more…)

  • 01.26.18
    12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Join director Matt Livadary and Wade Earp, the main subject of the documentary Queens and Cowboys: A Straight Year on the Gay Rodeo, to learn about the gay rodeo and its significance for many LGBTQ people in the rural west. 12:00 pm | Friday, January 26 | Downtown Bend Library For more information visit https://www.deschuteslibrary.org/ (more…)

  • 01.27.18
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Everyone gets in free! 10:00 am—4:00 pm Made possible by (more…)


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Kids, Natural History, Art

Capturing Time: Celebrating 35 Years of the High Desert Museum

Explore the conception of time through objects from our permanent collection./p>

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Kids, Natural History

Innovation Lab: Design Inspired by Nature

Learn how designers, engineers and architects are taking a page out of nature's book, and create some designs of your own in this family-friendly exhibition..

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Art, Natural History, Wildlife

Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx

Enter the world of Archaeopteryx, a famous fossil that has informed our current understanding of birds and flight.

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Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo

Black-and-white photographs that document the gay rodeo circuit and lives of many of its participants.

Growing up otter



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