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Kids & Families

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Education

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

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The Museum

Wildlife,
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!

Upcoming
Events


  • 11.19.18 - 11.21.18
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Wild Signs Have you ever wondered how animals know where to go? This three-day camp will explore how different animal species migrate, find food and shelter and communicate with one another. Through games, experiments and treasure hunts, kids will have a blast learning how animals move. 3-day camp $150, Members receive 20% discount Extended care: (more…)


  • 11.20.18
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Our relationship with predators such as cougars, eagles and wolves is ancient, complex and evolving. What role do predators play in the ecology and culture of the High Desert? What would an ideal coexistence with these animals look like to you? Curator of Natural History Louise Shirley will give a short, introductory presentation before leading (more…)


  • 11.27.18
    12:00 am - 11:55 pm

In 2018, more than 1,000 Central Oregonians received free, yearlong Museum access through the Little Wonders program, which provides memberships to families with children in Head Start. Giving Tuesday is coming! When you support the High Desert Museum with a donation, you support access programs such as Little Wonders that strive to make hands-on learning (more…)


  • 11.28.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Engineers change the world. Here is your chance to jump into the world of engineering by building, testing and inventing. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers 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 (more…)


  • 11.29.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Engineers change the world. Here is your chance to jump into the world of engineering by building, testing and inventing. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers 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 (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

9.8.18 -
7.14.19

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 -
1.20.19

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..

10.27.18 -
2.17.19

Art, Natural History

Desert Mystic: Paintings by John Simpkins

John Simpkins personifies the tradition of the artist as a mystic and hermit as his paintings weave wildlife into dense, layered allegories.

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