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About the Museum

Plan Your Visit

Check out current exhibits and daily programs, find directions, rates, hours and more.

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Kids & Families

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

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Teach & Learn

Lifelong learning starts here! Explore teacher trainings, memorable field trips and unique school programs.

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The Museum

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!


  • 05.10.18
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an inspiring and entertaining evening with Patagonia climbing ambassador and award-winning author Kelly Cordes. Kelly will share photographs and stories of his evolution as a climber, alpinist and outdoor adventurer. 6:00 pm Museum café will be open for food and drinks Members $3, non-members $5 (more…)

  • 05.11.18
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

You played the video game and now’s your chance to try it LIVE! Grab your friends and meet at the Miller Homestead Ranch for an Oregon Trail obstacle course. Can you ford the river without losing your supplies? Is your shot steady enough to feed your wagon party? How are your wood cutting and fire (more…)

  • 05.12.18
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Lost Homesteads of the Fort Rock Basin Pioneers arrived by the hundreds in the early 1900s with dreams of free land and fresh starts. They didn’t expect the extreme climate that caused them to abandon their homes within 10 years. Photographer Rich Bergeman captures the decaying homesteads, vanished town sites and High Desert ecology (more…)

  • 05.16.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 05.17.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

It’s never too early to learn about climbing and mountaineering! Learn some climbing knots, try on a harness and make mountain-inspired art. Come on an adventure! Parents and children ages 3-5 investigate science, art, music, stories and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks filled with exciting artifacts while journeying through the Museum’s nature (more…)

  • 05.17.18
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

They came with dreams of a new life, but were forced to abandon their homes within a few years. Join photographer Rich Bergeman and a panel of descendants of pioneer settlers to hear stories of lost communities of the Fort Rock Valley. Then view the exhibition High Desert Dreams: The Lost Homesteads of the Fort (more…)


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Kids, Natural History, Art

Capturing Time: Celebrating 35 Years of the High Desert Museum

Explore the conception of time through objects from our permanent collection./p>

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Kids, Natural History

Innovation Lab: Design Inspired by Nature

Learn how designers, engineers and architects are taking a page out of nature's book, and create some designs of your own in this family-friendly exhibition.

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Art, Natural History, Wildlife

Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx

Enter the world of Archaeopteryx, a famous fossil that has informed our current understanding of birds and flight.

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Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo

Black-and-white photographs that document the gay rodeo circuit and lives of many of its participants.

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Art, Natural History

Ascent: Climbing Explored

Discover the sport and spirit of mountaineering and rock climbing in a new, Museum-curated exhibit highlighting the history and culture of these adventure sports.

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