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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!


  • 06.22.19
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Full steam ahead! See the 1904 Lazinka Sawmill in action and discover how critical steam-powered sawmills were to homesteading families in the High Desert. FREE with Museum admission. (more…)

  • 06.26.19
    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Get ready for the Waterston Desert Writing Prize Award Ceremony by participating in one of three creative writing workshops led by poet and author Ellen Waterston, Oregon Poet Laureate Kim Stafford and award-winning fiction writer James Anderson. The workshops are free but space is limited. Please register below. The workshops take place simultaneously. You may (more…)

  • 06.26.19
    6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Award presentation and readings by winning author, finalists and “A Desert Conversation” with distinguished writers Dr. Patty Limerick, Bruce Berger and Kim Stafford. This literary award honors writing that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place and desert literacy.     6:30 pm – 8:30 pm, doors at 6:00 pm Hosted wine bar and hors d’oeuvres (more…)

  • 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

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 experience like no other! 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm, doors at 5:30 pm $25 Beverages and picnic hors d’oeuvres available for purchase Tickets: www.inalandscape.org/     (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.

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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.

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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.

Growing up otter



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