Temporary Exhibits Currently Open
WWII: The High Desert Home Front
January 28, 2017 through September 4, 2017
February 18, 2017 to September 30, 2017
May 5 through June 4, 2017
Scat and Tracks
May 6, 2017 through July 23, 2017
Capturing Time: Celebrating 35 Years of the High Desert Museum
Opens May 12, 2017.
Permanent Indoor Exhibits
Spirit of the West
Journey through the history of the High Desert and experience the sights and sounds of those who lived and worked in this part of the West.
By Hand Through Memory
Explore the little known journey of the Indian nations of the Columbia River Plateau as they traveled from reservation confinement to the 21st century.
Our bobcat can be seen year-round in a forested atrium in the Hall of Exploration and Settlement.
See the creatures that thrive in the High Desert: Tortoises, turtles, lizards, snakes, spiders and even scorpions.
Younger children climb, slide, explore and dress up in this playful, indoor exhibit.
The stagecoach is a icon of the American West. Admire this authentic coach and learn its famous history.
Blanket Stories: Talking Stick, Works Progress, Steward
Every blanket tells a story.
Porcupines Thistle and Honeysuckle share a habitat exhibit just outside the Birds of Prey Center.
Permanent Outdoor Exhibits
Miller Family Ranch
Step back in time and see what life was like on the 1904 Miller Family Ranch. Meet the characters, play games, do some chores, and hear tales of frontier life.
Donald M. Kerr Birds of Prey Center
Get a close-up look at some of nature's most majestic predators - owls, hawks, eagles, falcons and other birds of the High Desert
Autzen Otter Exhibit
You'll love the antics of our river otters. Watch them swim, frolic and feed from above, or below.
Talk to the sawyers about what it takes to convert timber into lumber the way it was done more than 100 years ago.
Meet a Ranger and enjoy this historic little building from the Forest Service.
Dig, Crawl, Climb!
Pretend you're a spider or a burrowing owl. The name says it all... kids will love to dig, crawl and climb in the outdoor play area.
Enjoy the beauty of our 135 acre grounds. A one-half mile nature trail wanders along a creek, past a pond and through second-growth ponderosa pine forest,.
Changing Forest Exhibit
Explore our forest ecosystems and learn about fire, ecology and logging.
Earth, Wind and Fire Interpretive Trail
This nature trail shows you first hand the effects of a prescribed burn on a Ponderosa Forest.