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Kids & Families

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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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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


  • 10.27.18
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A Halloween party like you’ve never seen! Live animals appear during dramatic readings of cautionary tales. Dare to enter into the haunted Spirit of the West exhibit. Family fun for all ages. Costumes encouraged! 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm $7, Members receive 20% discount Museum café will be open for food and drinks (more…)


  • 11.03.18
    10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Learn about how animals navigate through nature, then get out your smartphones to explore how humans use technology to find the way. With several caches located throughout the Museum, families can choose to use traditional problem-solving skills with the clues provided or a GPS app to input coordinates. This hunt will take you to places (more…)


  • 11.08.18
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Join Andries Fourie, the Museum’s curator of art and community engagement, in conversation with artist John Simpkins as they discuss the exhibition Desert Mystic: Paintings by John Simpkins. Simpkins has lived and painted alone in a schoolhouse in Andrews, Oregon on the edge of the Alvord Desert for the last seven years. His paintings weave (more…)


  • 11.10.18
    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…)

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

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