The Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving, November 23.  

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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!


  • 11.20.17 - 11.22.17
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Register here SORRY, FULL. SIGN UP FOR THE WAITLIST. Kids Camps School’s Out! Offering camps for elementary students on no school days! 9:00 am—3:00 pm All camps this session are K—5th Monday—Wednesday, November 20—22 Earth, Wind and Fire Learn how Earth’s natural features such as mountains and rivers change over time due to wind, water (more…)

  • 11.29.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 11.30.17
    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…)

  • 11.29.17
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Learning about nature is fun, but we can also learn from it! How is nature helping us find solutions to some of our greatest challenges? Karen Allen is the principal of Aequinox, an ecosystem restoration and biomimicry consulting firm in Bend. One of her greatest loves is sharing nature’s lessons to inspire conservation and innovation. (more…)

  • 11.30.17
    5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Please join us for our Annual Meeting with Executive Director Dr. Dana Whitelaw, and hear about the Museum’s recent accomplishments and upcoming plans. Afterwards, stay for appetizers at our annual Member Appreciation Night. Enjoy photo opportunities with Father Christmas, festive storytelling, holiday crafts and activities for all ages. Members will receive 20% off most merchandise (more…)

  • 12.01.17
    5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Land, Light and Life: Nature through the Eyes of Artists explores the broad range of strategies used by six contemporary artists to examine the natural world. Artists Andrew Myers, Michael Boonstra, Nancy Watterson Scharf, Monica Helms, Kendra Larson and Craig Goodworth each interpret nature from their own, unique perspective and in a variety of media. (more…)


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Beyond Fences

Photographer Brown W. Cannon III explores what it means to be a cowboy.

2.18.17 -

Art, Natural History

Legendary Landscapes

A community-curated photographic exhibit of High Desert landscapes and the stories behind their names.

9.2.17 -

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..

10.13.17 -

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.

12.15.17 -


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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