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Kids & Families

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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


  • 10.04.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 10.05.17
    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…)


  • 10.07.17
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Have you always wanted to pre-serve your own food, but werren’t sure where to begin? Join us for an introduction to canning and learn the must-have tools and safety tips to ensure success at home. Jam and peaches are on the menu! 10:30 am–12:00 pm $15 Members, $20 non-members (more…)


  • 10.10.17
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Pacific Lamprey: Old Fish, New Insights NOTE: Registration for this Natural History Pub will open September 10. The Pacific lamprey is an ancient, eel-like fish that holds enormous cultural and ecological importance. However, a variety of pressures have caused it to decline dramatically in both range and number. It is now listed as a (more…)


  • 10.11.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 10.12.17
    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…)


  • 10.13.17
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join us for an evening of exploration with Dr. Nick Famoso, chief of paleontology at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, as he discusses several examples of convergent evolution. Many organisms have evolved similar characteristics, despite being unrelated to each other. Wings, saber-teeth and flippers are only a few of the examples that have evolved (more…)


  • 10.14.17
    8:00 am - 12:00 pm

As raptors finish their fall migration and settle into valleys for winter, this is a great opportunity to see them around the farmlands of Central Oregon. Learn about raptor identification and conservation with a wildlife curator. Van transportation provided. 8:00 am—12:00 pm Members $10, non-members $20 (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

10.1.16 -
9.3.17

Art, History

From the Vault: Pat Courtney Gold Baskets

Beautiful baskets featuring traditional basketry techniques and contemporary design motifs created by Wasco artist Pat Courtney Gold.

1.28.17 -
9.10.17

History

WWII: The High Desert Home Front

Discover the role the region played in the war and the war’s local impact.

5.27.17 -
11.12.17

Art

Beyond Fences

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

2.18.17 -
12.2.17

Art, Natural History

Legendary Landscapes

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

7.27.17 -
8.26.17

Art, History

Art in the West

Annual exhibition and auction of exemplary Western art.

9.2.17 -
2.17.18

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..

10.13.17 -
4.8.18

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.

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