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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

Explore Together

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.

Join the HDM Family

Make an Impact

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

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!


  • 05.08.18
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free admission for all visitors 65 years or older. Made possible by (more…)

  • 05.08.18
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Climate change is one of the most important challenges humanity has ever faced. But together, we can be part of the solution. Catherine Macdonald, director of policy and external affairs for the Oregon chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and Dr. Ryan Huago, forest ecologist for TNC, will discuss the latest in climate science, impacts (more…)

  • 05.09.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 05.10.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come study and gather data about the winged wonders of the Museum as an ornithologist — a scientist who studies birds! 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 (more…)

  • 05.10.18
    6:00 pm - 7:15 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 The following Refund Policy is in effect (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…)


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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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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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Kids, Art

Kids Curate

Kids Curate ensures that arts education remains in schools. The High Desert Museum offers teachers the professional development required to deliver integrated arts projects to their students.

Growing up otter



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