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The Bird of Prey Encounters on Wednesday, May 22 are canceled. They will resume on Thursday, May 23.

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About the Museum

Plan Your Visit

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

Kids & Families

Explore Together

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

Education

Teach & Learn

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


  • 05.22.19
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Just how different are birds from us? Approaching bird behavior from surprising angles, bird expert Noah Stryker will explore the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, self-image in magpies, particle physics of starling flocks and other mysteries. Noah reveals why birds do what they do and how we can relate. The behaviors (more…)


  • 05.23.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Buds are beginning to burst with the arrival of spring! Plants provide us with so much, including food and oxygen—plus, they are beautiful! Create your own flower press, make sun-prints and explore natural dyes. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on (more…)


  • 05.24.19 - 05.26.19
    6:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Although this event is sold out at this time, we may be increasing the number of participants. If you are interested in attending, please fill out the waiting list form below. Thank you! Enjoy PLAYA’s Great Basin Natural History Weekend May 24 – 26, 2019. This is a guided tour of birding, geology and archaeological (more…)


  • 05.29.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Things are warming up outside and it’s time for us to get out and explore nature. We’ll go for a nature hike and talk about how to plan for a fun and safe day in the wilderness. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in (more…)


  • 05.30.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Things are warming up outside and it’s time for us to get out and explore nature. We’ll go for a nature hike and talk about how to plan for a fun and safe day in the wilderness. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in (more…)


  • 05.30.19
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Poet, hip-hop artist and spoken-word artist MOsley WOtta, who is featured in the exhibition Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West, performs a newly commissioned work titled “Bad Lands Music,” which explores the role of water as an ever-present voice even in its absence. 6:00 pm — 7:00 pm, doors open at 5:00 pm No-host bar (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.

3.2.19 -
6.23.19

Art, Natural History

The Beauty of Wild Things: Charcoal Drawings by April Coppini

The Portland-based artist is known for breathing life into charcoal depictions of the wild inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest.

4.27.19 -
9.29.19

Art, Natural History

Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West

Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West weaves together science, history, art and contemporary issues to explore the role of water in the region’s past, present and future.

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