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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.

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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!


  • 05.16.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 05.17.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

It’s never too early to learn about climbing and mountaineering! Learn some climbing knots, try on a harness and make mountain-inspired art. 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 (more…)

  • 05.17.18
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

They came with dreams of a new life, but were forced to abandon their homes within a few years. Join photographer Rich Bergeman and a panel of descendants of pioneer settlers to hear stories of lost communities of the Fort Rock Valley. Then view the exhibition High Desert Dreams: The Lost Homesteads of the Fort (more…)

  • 05.18.18
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Children and adults with physical, intellectual and/or social disabilities are invited to enjoy the High Desert Museum after hours when it’s quiet and uncrowded. Explore the Museum’s newest exhibits and revisit your favorites. 5:00 pm — 8:00 pm Free for individuals, friends and family Made possible by (more…)

  • 05.19.18
    8:00 am - 6:00 pm

What stories were Native Americans telling through petroglyphs and pictographs created thousands of years ago? Travel with Andries Fourie, HDM’s curator of art and community engagement, to several publicly accessible rock art sites in Central and Eastern Oregon. The field trip across Oregon’s stunning outback will provide historical, cultural and ecological context for the region’s (more…)

  • 05.20.18
    7:00 am - 9:00 am

You might be surprised by the variety of migrating songbirds on the Museum grounds! Come before we open to experience the serene pleasure of strolling for sparrows. Tour independently or join a wildlife curator or naturalist volunteer to help you identify the birds. Coffee, tea and pastries provided. 7:00 am — 9:00 am (Doors open (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.

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