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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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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


  • 12.26.17 - 12.29.17
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

TUESDAY-FRIDAY, DEC 26-29 Kids Camps School’s Out! Offering camps for elementary students on no school days! 9:00 am—3:00 pm All camps this session are K—5th High Desert Time Travelers Build a time machine and jump back into the time of dinosaurs and learn about Archaeopteryx, then zoom into the future and build a robotic arm. (more…)


  • 01.02.18 - 01.05.18
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Offering camps for elementary students on no school days! 9:00 am—3:00 pm All camps this session are K—5th Tuesday—Friday, January 2-5, 2018 4-DAY CAMP Winter Wanderers Have you ever built an igloo? This 4-day camp will explore all the wonders of winter from snow architecture to snow science and how animals make their home in (more…)


  • 01.05.18
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A time for children and adults with physical, intellectual or social disabilities to enjoy the High Desert Museum after hours. Explore the Museum’s newest exhibits and revisit your favorites. 4:00 pm—7:00 pm Free for individuals, friends and family (more…)


  • 01.06.18
    8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join a Museum curator to view raptors in Central Oregon. Visit the Fort Rock area to observe the natural behaviors of raptors including golden eagles, ferruginous hawks, prairie falcons, merlins and more. Transportation provided. 8:00 am—3:00 pm Members $40, non-members $50 The following Refund Policy is in effect for the High Desert Museum. For Museum (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

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.

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.

Growing up otter

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