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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!


  • 11.04.17
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A time for children and adults with physical, intellectual and/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…)

  • 11.08.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 11.09.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

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 and exhibits. Foster artistic expression in your little one and take home activities to continue the learning. New themes weekly! Members (more…)

  • 11.09.17
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Grab your boots and a friend, and come enjoy a night of cowgirl poetry and libations. Poets and ranchers Ellen Waterston, Kathy Moss and Jessica Hedges will share poems about the joys and challenges of life in the West. Enjoy the sweet folk and blues music performed by Coyote Willow. 6:00 pm—8:00 pm No-host bar (more…)

  • 11.10.17
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Register here SORRY, FULL. SIGN UP FOR THE WAITLIST. 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 Friday, November 10 Gold Rush Yee Haw! There’s GOLD in them thar hills! Join us for a day all about gold mining. Have fun (more…)

  • 11.11.17
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Stake a claim, pan for gold and have your earnings authenticated in our indoor placer mine and boomtown. 11:00 am–3:00 pm Museum admission, plus $2 per “miner” (more…)


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Beyond Fences

Photographer Brown W. Cannon III explores what it means to be a cowboy.

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Art, Natural History

Legendary Landscapes

A community-curated photographic exhibit of High Desert landscapes and the stories behind their names.

9.2.17 -

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 -

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 -


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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