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About the Museum

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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!


  • 10.07.18
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fur traders navigated the tributaries of the Columbia River Basin long before homesteaders permanently settled in Oregon. Winter is the working season for fur traders. Experience a fully operational brigade camp as they make their own preparations for the upcoming season. Help dig for root crops and learn what makes the beaver so desirable. 11:00 (more…)

  • 10.09.18
    7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

A major earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone will have far-reaching impacts throughout the Pacific Northwest, including here in Central Oregon. Are we prepared for an event like this? In this presentation, Daniele McKay, adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon, will explore the geologic history of earthquakes in Oregon and how a large Cascadia (more…)

  • 10.10.18
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Native pollinators play a vital role in High Desert ecosystems but face numerous pressures, including agricultural and household use of pesticides. Join Rich Hatfield, senior conservation biologist for the Xerces Society’s Endangered Species Program, for a discussion of how pesticides affect pollinators, what actions are being taken and what you can do to help. Read (more…)

  • 10.12.18
    9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Calling all educators, scientists and communications staff—join High Desert Museum and OMSI staff to learn evidence-based strategies for writing and talking about climate change in a productive and hopeful way. In this free one-day introduction to the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation, you’ll learn the basics for framing productive conversations, practicing your (more…)

  • 10.13.18
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Join us for an exclusive guided tour of the Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum. Explore the determination and struggles of early 20th century farmers by walking through the homes and businesses left behind. Preserved in the arid Fort Rock Basin, these buildings and everyday items inspired the photographs of High Desert Dreams: The Lost Homesteads (more…)


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Art, History

High Desert Dreams: The Lost Homesteads of the Fort Rock Basin

Photographer Rich Bergeman captures the decaying homesteads, vanished town sites and High Desert ecology through beautiful black-and-white photographs.

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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.

9.22.18 -

Art, History

By Her Hand: Native American Women, Their Art, and the Photographs of Edward S. Curtis

By highlighting works of art created by Native women alongside Curtis’s photographs, this exhibition celebrates Indigenous artistic traditions that have existed for centuries and continue to thrive within Native communities today..

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