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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


  • 03.14.18
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Professor Laurie Arnold, director of Gonzaga University’s Native American Studies program, for a talk about Christine Quintasket, author, cultural activist and public intellectual. A member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, Quintasket is best known as an author, published under the pen name Mourning Dove, but her life’s work also included cultural (more…)


  • 03.16.18
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join internationally-renowned sculptor and paleo-artist Gary Staab for a talk about his artwork and extensive experience collaborating with scientists to bring dinosaurs back to life. Staab has spent a lifetime using his skills to reconstruct dinosaurs and other extinct animals. He has completed commissions for National Geographic, The Smithsonian and many other museums. His projects (more…)


  • 03.17.18
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join internationally-renowned sculptor and paleo-artist Gary Staab for a dinosaur sculpting workshop. Staab will explain the process of how he brings extinct animals back to life and teach workshop participants how to sculpt a dinosaur! This hands-on workshop is designed for the general public and is fast-paced, fun and kid-friendly. Supplies and materials will be (more…)


  • 03.17.18
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Oregon has an explosive past! Discover how the Cascade Mountains were formed in this workshop for the whole family. Learn about the two types of volcanoes that are found globally, and where you can ascend each type in Central Oregon. Through demonstrations, experiments and artwork, there are many ways to explore what’s beneath our feet. (more…)


  • 03.19.18
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Women’s rights activists have used Wonder Woman as a symbol of empowerment. Yet, her sexualized, white Western image often fails to represent female independence or real women. This talk, by historian Michelle Seiler-Godfrey, Ph. D., will explore the icon’s history and the complex relationship between Wonder Woman and women’s rights activists from the 1940s through (more…)


  • 03.20.18
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Using light inefficiently wastes money and energy, harms our health and our environment and robs us of the stars. On the day of the spring equinox, Paul Bogard will discuss the wonder of a dark night sky, the issue of light pollution and some possible solutions. He is the author of The End of Night: (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

5.26.17 -
1.7.18

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>

9.2.17 -
7.15.18

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.

12.15.17 -
4.30.18

Art

Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo

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

4.28.18 -
9.3.18

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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