Race to the Finish: American Solar Car Challenge 2018


  • 07.22.18
    11:00 am - 4:30 pm

See solar cars competing in the American Solar Challenge 2018 cross the finish line at the Museum! Beginning on July 14, collegiate solar car teams will race more than 1,700 miles, following portions of the Oregon National Historic Trail and other trails starting in Nebraska and ending at the High Desert Museum. Watch the solar (more…)

Art in the West Opening Reception


  • 07.27.18
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Celebrate the art of the High Desert! Experience the West through the eyes of its painters, sculptors, printmakers and photographers. Mingle with the artists and see painting demonstrations while enjoying an evening of art, music and excitement. Don’t miss your first chance to bid on the artwork in the exhibition. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (more…)

EXHIBIT OPENING: Art in the West


  • 07.28.18
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Art in the West, each year, we invite artists to submit work that explores the history, people, cultures, wildlife and landscapes of the High Desert. The juried exhibition showcases traditional and contemporary artists’ interpretations of our region’s unique heritage and beauty. The show has become so popular (more…)

Lazinka Sawmill Demonstration


  • 07.28.18
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Full steam ahead! See the 1904 sawmill in action and discover how critical this steam-powered sawmill was to homestead families in the High Desert. 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Free with Museum admission (more…)

Museum and Me


  • 07.31.18
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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

IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild at PLAYA


  • 08.03.18
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Experience Hunter Noack’s live music concert series in which traditional concert halls give way to outdoor venues. To meet the acoustical challenge of performing in the wild, Noack’s 9-foot Steinway is fitted with microphones that transmit music to wireless headphones assigned to guests at check-in. The headphones give the audience freedom to roam the high (more…)

High Desert Landscape Drawing: Fort Rock


  • 08.11.18
    8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join Curator of Art and Community Engagement Andries Fourie for a landscape drawing workshop at Fort Rock. Transportation provided. Bring a hat, sunscreen, a water bottle and lunch. Materials required include a hardcover sketchbook or drawing pad (18” x 24” or smaller) and drawing media of your choice. Drawing board recommended. No experience required. Ages (more…)

Thorn Hollow String Band


  • 08.11.18
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Enjoy some toe-tapping tunes from our pioneering house band! Dancing encouraged. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Free with Museum admission (more…)

Bat Walk


  • 08.17.18
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us on an exciting evening expedition in search of bats on the Museum grounds using echolocator equipment. Bring weather-appropriate clothing and a flashlight or headlamp. 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Members $5, non-members $10 Registration and prepayment required. In partnership with (more…)

High Desert Rendezvous


  • 08.25.18
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us for the 29th annual Rendezvous — a rip-roaring evening including dinner, silent and live auctions, raffle, historical gambling, hosted saloon and dancing. Central Oregon’s longest-running fundraiser supports the Museum’s educational programs. 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm RSVP: www.highdesertmuseum.org/HDR Made possible by (more…)