About the Museum

Who We Are

135 forested acres of animals, artful exhibits and meaningful history. Indoor and outdoor exhibits, wildlife presentations and hands-on programs for the entire family.
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Hours and Rates

Our winter hours 10:00 - 4:00. Summer hours are 9:00-5:00. Please allow at least two hours to see all animals and exhibits. More >

Extraordinary Exhibits

Indoor, outdoor and rotating exhibits bring history, science, nature and art to life. More >

Getting Here

High Desert Museum is five miles south of Bend on South Highway 97. Exit for the Museum is on the left driving south. More >

Guest Services

Disabled visitors, service animals, concessions & picnic tables, education center, strollers, free parking, pets. More >


What we stand for and where it all started.
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Silver Sage Trading

Unique gifts, books and toys from the High Desert. Gift ideas include jams, hand-crafted jewelry, glass animals and bug houses. New items weekly. More >

Rimrock Cafe

Time for coffee, lunch, or a tasty snack? Our family-friendly cafe offers a wide selection with indoor and outdoor patio seating. More >

Event Rental

The uniquely beautiful setting is perfect for weddings, fundraisers, reunions and company parties More >

Group Visits

For tour operators and groups of ten or more. Put the Museum on your itinerary. More >

Charity Ticket Request

Ticket Donation Requests for Charitable Fundraising More >


The High Desert Museum possesses a collection More >

Website photos by: Myra Blaylock, Todd Carey, Lee Schaefer and Abbott Schindler

The development of this site was supported in part by a grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.