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About the Museum

Plan Your Visit

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Kids & Families

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

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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


  • 08.17.18
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Sorry this program is FULL. Join us on an exciting evening expedition in search of bats on the Museum grounds using echolocator equipment. Bring weather-appropriate clothing and a flashlight or headlamp. 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Members $5, non-members $10 Registration and prepayment required. In partnership with (more…)


  • 08.25.18
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

This year’s annual Rendezvous — a rip-roaring evening including dinner, silent and live auctions, raffle, historical gambling, hosted saloon and dancing – is sold out. Central Oregon’s longest-running fundraiser supports the Museum’s educational programs. 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Made possible by (more…)


  • 08.30.18
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Experience the fun and adventure of rock climbing at Smith Rock State Park. This half-day excursion is designed for families and first-time climbers. Guides with Smith Rock Climbing School will explain the techniques and mechanics of climbing, giving everyone a chance to feel confident trying something new. In addition to climbing, Dr. Laura Ferguson, curator (more…)


  • 09.01.18
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Vultures are ecologically important birds in the High Desert. Celebrate International Vulture Awareness Day and learn more about these fascinating scavenger species and what you can do to help them! Free with Museum admission (more…)


  • 09.01.18
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Full steam ahead! See the 1904 sawmill in action and discover how critical this steam-powered sawmill was to homestead families in the High Desert. 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Free with Museum admission (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

4.28.18 -
9.9.18

Art, Natural History

Ascent: Climbing Explored

Discover the sport and spirit of mountaineering and rock climbing in a new, Museum-curated exhibit highlighting the history and culture of these adventure sports.


5.12.18 -
10.14.18

Art, History

High Desert Dreams: The Lost Homesteads of the Fort Rock Basin

Photographer Rich Bergeman captures the decaying homesteads, vanished town sites and High Desert ecology through beautiful black-and-white photographs.

Growing up otter

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