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Kids & Families

Explore Together

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

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Education

Teach & Learn

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

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Make an Impact

Volunteer, become a member or donate to support arts, education, wildlife and more.

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


  • 09.06.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 09.07.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

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 trails and exhibits. Foster artistic expression in your little one and take home activities to continue the learning. New themes weekly! Members (more…)


  • 09.08.17
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • 09.09.17
    8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join internationally-known photographer George Lepp, field editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine and a Canon Explorer of Light, to learn wildlife photography techniques. Workshop will include a classroom session followed by a day shadowing wildlife curators to learn about wildlife conservation. Opportunities to photograph mammals and flying raptors in natural settings will be provided as you (more…)


  • 09.12.17
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bats and White-Nose Syndrome Bats play an important ecological role as insect predators and pollinators. They help to control some of our most costly agricultural and forest pests. However, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists and partners estimate that at least 5.7 million to 6.7 million bats have now died from white-nose syndrome. Join Dr. (more…)


  • 09.13.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 09.14.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

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 trails and exhibits. Foster artistic expression in your little one and take home activities to continue the learning. New themes weekly! Members (more…)


  • 09.13.17
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Was Sportswear a Woman’s Right? Women today have an astounding selection of sportswear, but this was not always the case. In the past, women were not welcome in the gym or pool, or on the field, court, path or slopes, no matter how they were dressed. How did this transformation come about? In this presentation, (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

10.1.16 -
9.3.17

Art, History

From the Vault: Pat Courtney Gold Baskets

Beautiful baskets featuring traditional basketry techniques and contemporary design motifs created by Wasco artist Pat Courtney Gold.

1.28.17 -
9.10.17

History

WWII: The High Desert Home Front

Discover the role the region played in the war and the war’s local impact.

5.27.17 -
11.12.17

Art

Beyond Fences

Photographer Brown W. Cannon III explores what it means to be a cowboy.

2.18.17 -
12.2.17

Art, Natural History

Legendary Landscapes

A community-curated photographic exhibit of High Desert landscapes and the stories behind their names.

7.27.17 -
8.26.17

Art, History

Art in the West

Annual exhibition and auction of exemplary Western art.

9.2.17 -
2.17.18

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..

10.13.17 -
4.8.18

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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