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!
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for an evening filled with art and excitement. Mingle with the artists and view the beautiful works of art in this juried exhibition. This is your first chance to bid on a piece, so make it count! Or if (more…)
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Art in the West Exhibition Opening Art in the West opens Friday, July 28. (more…)
7:30 pm - 9:00 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. 7:30 pm—9:00 pm Members $5, non-members $10 Western Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus hesperus) bat chases a moth over desert scrub, near Pine Creek (more…)
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hear frontier tunes played by the Museum’s lively house band. 11:00 am—2:00 pm (more…)
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. 11:00 am—3:00 pm (more…)
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join artist and fish biologist Bruce Koike in making colorful fish prints! Learn the Japanese art of Gyotaku (which translates to “fish rubbing”) and use real fish to create beautiful artwork of your own. An afternoon session is available for teens and adults. All materials provided. Kids ages 6-12 11:00 am—12:00 pm Members $25, non-members (more…)
Kids, Natural History, Wildlife
Scat and Tracks
The interesting messages animals leave behind and how to spot and interpret them.
Art in the West
Annual exhibition and auction of exemplary Western art.
From the Vault: Pat Courtney Gold Baskets
Beautiful baskets featuring traditional basketry techniques and contemporary design motifs created by Wasco artist Pat Courtney Gold.
WWII: The High Desert Home Front
Discover the role the region played in the war and the war’s local impact.
Art, Natural History
A community-curated photographic exhibit of High Desert landscapes and the stories behind their names.