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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


  • 05.29.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Things are warming up outside and it’s time for us to get out and explore nature. We’ll go for a nature hike and talk about how to plan for a fun and safe day in the wilderness. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in (more…)


  • 05.30.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Things are warming up outside and it’s time for us to get out and explore nature. We’ll go for a nature hike and talk about how to plan for a fun and safe day in the wilderness. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in (more…)


  • 05.30.19
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Poet, hip-hop artist and spoken-word artist MOsley WOtta, who is featured in the exhibition Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West, performs a newly commissioned work titled “Bad Land Music,” which explores the role of water as an ever-present voice even in its absence. 6:00 pm — 7:00 pm, doors open at 5:00 pm No-host bar Café (more…)


  • 05.31.19
    6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

It’s back with a whole new course! Grab a partner and your best outfit for this one-of-a-kind challenge. 21+ Chili buffet dinner included in all ticket prices. Prizes for top three fastest teams and most authentic costume. This is strictly a 21+ event. 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, doors open at 5:30 pm No-host bar | (more…)


  • 08.24.19
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Please join us on Saturday, August 24, 2019 for the annual High Desert Rendezvous at the High Desert Museum! It’s guaranteed to be a fun and festive evening of dinner, gambling, raffle, silent and live auctions, hosted saloon and live music. It is also the last opportunity to bid on a piece in our juried (more…)

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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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