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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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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


  • 10.14.17
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Enter the wonderful world of Archaeopteryx, a famous fossil that has informed our current understanding of birds and flight. Six renowned artists from around the world bring this iconic “missing link” back to life in this beautiful, interactive exhibition. October 14, 2017 through April 8, 2018 (more…)


  • 10.14.17
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Miller family has been tending to their garden all summer and need your help to prepare for winter. Dig and clean potatoes to store in the root cellar, press fresh apples into cider and pickle some eggs to make sure the Millers are stocked with the necessities for the changing seasons. 11:00 am—3:00 pm (more…)


  • 10.14.17
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fur traders navigated the tributaries of the Columbia River Basin long before homesteaders permanently settled in Oregon. Experience a fully-operational brigade camp as traders prepare for the upcoming winter. Help dig for root crops and learn what makes the beaver so desirable. 11:00 am—3:00 pm (more…)


  • 10.15.17
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Fur traders navigated the tributaries of the Columbia River Basin long before homesteaders permanently settled in Oregon. Experience a fully-operational brigade camp as traders prepare for the upcoming winter. Help dig for root crops and learn what makes the beaver so desirable. 11:00 am—3:00 pm (more…)


  • 10.18.17
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visitors 65 years and older are invited to enjoy the Museum for free on this day of special programs. (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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