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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.


Teach & Learn

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!


  • 06.27.19
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Historian Patricia Limerick, a renowned scholar, director of the Center of the American West and professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, will share her insights on issues surrounding water in our region. She’s written widely on the challenges facing Westerners today and guided discussions that seek open dialogue and problem solving around contentious topics (more…)

  • 06.29.19
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  This event is sold out as of Monday, June 24. If you would like to be put on the waiting list, please go to www.inalandscape.org/. The outdoor concert series comes to the 1904 Miller Family Ranch with pianist Hunter Noack and a 9-foot Steinway grand piano. Explore the ranch while listening to the music via wireless headphones. It’s an (more…)

  • 07.06.19
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Moon Country: Oregon and the Space Race, a new exhibit opening at the Museum on July 6, marks the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing. It explores this momentous achievement, and the tumultuous decade of the 1960s, through the lens of local history. In addition, we’ve partnered with the Deschutes Public Library system and (more…)

  • 07.12.19
    8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us on an exciting evening expedition in search of bats on our grounds using echolocator equipment. Bring weather-appropriate clothing and a flashlight or headlamp to be prepared for touring the Museum after hours. 8:00 pm — 9:30 pm, doors at 7:45 pm $10, Members receive 20% discount Registration and prepayment required       The following Refund Policy is (more…)

  • 07.13.19
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Hear some toe-tapping tunes from our pioneering house band! Dancing encouraged. 11:00 am — 2:00 pm Free with Museum admission (more…)


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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.

4.27.19 -

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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Moon Country: Oregon and the Space Race

The original exhibit celebrates Central Oregon's important yet little-known role in the first lunar landing.

Growing up otter



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