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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


  • 01.26.19
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Rick Bartow (1946-2016) is one of Oregon’s most celebrated Indigenous artists. This retrospective exhibition of his large-scale paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures celebrates and memorializes his extraordinary life and career. Bartow’s work explores his Native American identity, his service in Vietnam and struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder, and his enduring love for the natural world. (more…)


  • 01.31.19
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Museum Curator of Art and Community Engagement Andries Fourie will lead a gallery walk through the exhibition Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain. Learn about Bartow’s life, his influences, the importance of his Native American heritage and the methods and materials he used to make his art. 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm $7, (more…)


  • 02.02.19
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Be inspired by Rick Bartow’s self portraits. Bring the kids for a fun, hands-on family workshop and learn to draw and paint self-portraits. Andries Fourie, curator of art and community engagement, will teach you how to draw facial features and a colorful, creative self-portrait. No previous experience required. All materials supplied. For ages 3 and (more…)


  • 02.02.19
    10:30 am - 1:00 pm

Encourage birds to nest on your property! Join us to learn about native backyard birds before making your own nest box to take home. Building materials provided. Suitable for ages 8 and older. The cost of the program includes materials for one box and two participants. The following Refund Policy is in effect for the (more…)


  • 02.09.19
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Hear some toe-tapping tunes from our pioneering house band! Dancing is encouraged. FREE with Museum admission! (more…)


  • 02.12.19
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Climate change research indicates that a small window of time exists to mitigate the most severe outcomes of climate change. This talk will discuss some of the dynamics of climate science that are most pressing and the human impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, flooding and disaster policy readiness for high risk events. (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

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..

10.27.18 -
2.17.19

Art, Natural History

Desert Mystic: Paintings by John Simpkins

John Simpkins personifies the tradition of the artist as a mystic and hermit as his paintings weave wildlife into dense, layered allegories.

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