Home

museum entrance plan your visit high desert museum things to do in bend oregon

About the Museum

Plan Your Visit

Check out current exhibits and daily programs, find directions, rates, hours and more.

tortoise explore together high desert museum things to do in bend oregon

Kids & Families

Explore Together

Learn about kid-friendly exhibits, activities, camps and more.

living history teach and learn high desert museum things to do in bend oregon

Education

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

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


  • 10.17.18
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visitors 65 and older are invited to enjoy the Museum for free on this day of special programming. Made possible by (more…)


  • 10.19.18
    9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Calling all educators, scientists and communications staff—join OMSI and High Desert Museum 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 (NNOCCI) you’ll learn the basics for framing productive conversations, practicing (more…)


  • 10.27.18
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

John Simpkins personifies the tradition of the artist as a mystic and hermit. For the past seven years, he’s lived and painted in the schoolhouse in Andrews, a ghost town nestled between Steens Mountain and the Alvord Desert in Oregon’s Harney County. His days are filled with the quiet contemplation and solitary discipline of his (more…)


  • 10.27.18
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Study traditional Pacific Northwest Native American plant fiber weaving techniques under the guidance of renowned Wasco weaver Pat Courtney Gold. Pat will share information about Native Northwest history and culture throughout the workshop. Participants will need to bring a spray bottle and an awl or nail. All other tools and materials will be supplied. For (more…)

Changing
Exhibits


5.12.18 -
10.14.18

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.

9.8.18 -
7.14.19

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 -
1.20.19

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..

Growing up otter

+

+

mining days things to do bend oregon high desert museum

+