Wildlife and Living History

Whether you're three or 93, there's something for everyone at the High Desert Museum.

See birds of prey, the porcupine exhibit, a bobcat and more. Check out our collection of desert dwellers in the Desertarium. Visit with living history characters at the 1904 Miller Family Ranch. Explore High Desert history and culture in our permanent exhibits. Enjoy watching the river otters in their newly renovated Autzen Otter Exhibit. The Museum is set on 135 beautiful wooded acres just south of Bend. It's no wonder the Museum is ranked the #1 thing to do in Bend by TripAdvisor.

We have a lot going on at the Museum this fall including new exhibits, lectures, kids camps, special events and more. For pre-schoolers, there is the adventurous Backpack Explorers that investigates science, art, music, stories and culture in a fun, hands-on manner! 




Our Blog

First Contact - Part 1

By Jon Nelson
Curator of Wildlife

It was the end of a hot summer day in 2012 on Little Cultus Lake. My wife was riding shotgun, two sunburned kids on the backseat, all of us singing along with the radio. As I eased around one of the winding corners of the Cascade Lakes Highway towards Bend, a...

Sage Grouse: Icon of the Sagebrush Sea

By John Goodell
Donald M. Kerr Curator of Natural History

My fascination with sage grouse began 20 years ago with an invitation by a friend to hunt the majestic greater sage-grouse with our falcons. I arrived in late November at his camp on the banks of the Sandy River in Wyoming,...