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About the Museum

Plan Your Visit

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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


  • 11.29.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 11.30.17
    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…)


  • 11.29.17
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Learning about nature is fun, but we can also learn from it! How is nature helping us find solutions to some of our greatest challenges? Karen Allen is the principal of Aequinox, an ecosystem restoration and biomimicry consulting firm in Bend. One of her greatest loves is sharing nature’s lessons to inspire conservation and innovation. (more…)


  • 12.01.17
    5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Land, Light and Life: Nature through the Eyes of Artists explores the broad range of strategies used by six contemporary artists to examine the natural world. Artists Andrew Myers, Michael Boonstra, Nancy Watterson Scharf, Monica Helms, Kendra Larson and Craig Goodworth each interpret nature from their own, unique perspective and in a variety of media. (more…)


  • 02.16.18 - 02.17.18
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Join educators from the Environmental Center and High Desert Museum for two days of interactive, hands-on experiments. Teachers will gain knowledge and tools to teach 5th-8th grade students about climate science issues and solutions. Teachers will receive a curriculum, classroom kit and full unit plan aligned with NGSS standards. Substitute funding provided. February 16 and (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

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.

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.

12.15.17 -
4.30.18

Art

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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