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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.

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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!


  • 06.24.17
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Full steam ahead! Discover how critical this steam-powered sawmill was to homestead families on the High Desert while seeing it in action. Learn how to make stews and pies in a Dutch Oven with Mrs. Miller and see the wood shop in action. 11:00 am—3:00 pm (more…)

  • 06.28.17
    3:00 pm - 4:15 pm

This program is FULL. Join acclaimed creative writing teacher John Calderazzo, Emeritus Professor at Colorado State University, for a high-energy workshop designed to generate fresh writing in a variety of genres. This will be prompt-based and desert-inspired, so come ready to write! Participation is limited to the first 20 registrants. John served as the guest judge of the (more…)

  • 06.28.17
    6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Award presentation and readings by the winning author and finalists. Inspired by poet and author Ellen Waterston, this award honors writing that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place and desert literacy. The reception starts at 6:00 pm and the program begins at 6:30 pm. 6:00 pm—8:30 pm Free Hosted wine bar and hors d’oeuvres (more…)

  • 06.30.17
    8:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Join an exciting evening expedition in search of bats on our grounds using echolocator equipment. Bring weather-appropriate clothing and a flashlight to be prepared for touring the Museum after hours. 8:30 pm—10:00 pm Members $5, non-members $10 (more…)

  • 07.08.17
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join in the fun with Bend Community Contra Dancers and lessons from Dance Caller Ron Bell-Roemer. 11:00 am—2:00 pm (more…)


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Kids, Natural History, Wildlife

Scat and Tracks

The interesting messages animals leave behind and how to spot and interpret them.

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Art, History

Art in the West

Annual exhibition and auction of exemplary Western art.

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Art, History

From the Vault: Pat Courtney Gold Baskets

Beautiful baskets featuring traditional basketry techniques and contemporary design motifs created by Wasco artist Pat Courtney Gold.

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WWII: The High Desert Home Front

Discover the role the region played in the war and the war’s local impact.

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Art, Natural History

Legendary Landscapes

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