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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

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

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


  • 03.20.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Celebrate snakes at the Museum! Make your own snake puppet, listen to a silly snake story and create your own cereal snake. Play a matching game and visit with an animal friend. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don (more…)


  • 03.21.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Celebrate snakes at the Museum! Make your own snake puppet, listen to a silly snake story and create your own cereal snake. Play a matching game and visit with an animal friend. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don (more…)


  • 03.23.19
    11:00 am - 11:30 am

Raptors take flight overhead in this intimate demonstration. Experience these powerful predators like never before as our wildlife curators showcase the birds’ agility and grace. 11:00 am and 1:30 pm (more…)


  • 03.23.19
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Raptors take flight overhead in this intimate demonstration. Experience these powerful predators like never before as our wildlife curators showcase the birds’ agility and grace. 11:00 am and 1:30 pm (more…)


  • 03.23.19
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A quieter time for children and adults with physical, intellectual and/or social disabilities to enjoy the High Desert Museum after hours. Explore the Museum’s newest exhibits and revisit your favorites. 5:00 pm — 8:00 pm Free for individuals, friends and family       Made possible by (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

9.8.18 -
7.14.19

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.

1.26.19 -
4.7.19

Art, History

Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

Rick Bartow (1946-2016) is one of Oregon’s most celebrated Indigenous artists. Rick’s sculptures, paintings, drawings and prints are an eloquent exploration of his identity, and they remind us that identity is layered and complex.

3.2.19 -
6.23.19

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.

Growing up otter

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