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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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Education

Teach & Learn

Lifelong learning starts here! Explore teacher trainings, memorable field trips and unique school programs.

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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


  • 09.13.18
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Network with colleagues and community partners. Enjoy free food, drinks and gifts. Educational resources available. Free to educators and administrators Contact Erica Pelley at 541-382-4754 ext. 320 or info@highdesertmuseum.org to donate raffle items by September 6, 2018. For more information, contact the Museum at 541-382-4754 ext. 241. (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, practice (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

9.2.17 -
7.15.18

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.

4.28.18 -
9.9.18

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.

5.3.18 -
6.3.18

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.

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.

Growing up otter

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