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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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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!


  • 11.14.17
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sagebrush Steppe Restoration: Challenges and Opportunities Sagebrush steppe ecosystems are among the largest and most threatened ecosystems in North America. Science-based rangeland restoration and conservation have gained greater national interest and support following a near listing of the greater sage-grouse to Endangered Species status. Join Dr. Kirk Davies, lead rangeland scientist for the USDA Agricultural (more…)

  • 11.15.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 11.16.17
    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…)

  • 11.18.17
    7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join a High Desert Museum wildlife curator for a trip to Pine Mountain to learn about the seasonal migration and ecological significance of mule deer. Van transportation provided. 7:00 am—12:00 pm Members $10, non-members $20 (more…)

  • 11.18.17
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Using clues from fossils, learn how paleo-artists reconstruct the missing pieces of extinct animals and their environments. Become a detective by comparing the similarities of fossils to their living relatives. Ideal for families of 6- to 12- year-olds, this experience will satisfy the curiosities of artists and dinosaur-lovers alike. 10:30 am—12:00 pm Members $10, non-members (more…)

  • 11.20.17 - 11.22.17
    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 Monday—Wednesday, November 20—22 Earth, Wind and Fire Learn how Earth’s natural features such as mountains and rivers change over time due to wind, water (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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