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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
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

John Simpkins personifies the tradition of the artist as a mystic and hermit. For the past seven years, he’s lived and painted in the schoolhouse in Andrews, a ghost town nestled between Steens Mountain and the Alvord Desert in Oregon’s Harney County. His days are filled with the quiet contemplation and solitary discipline of his (more…)


  • 10.27.18
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Study traditional Pacific Northwest Native American plant fiber weaving techniques under the guidance of renowned Wasco weaver Pat Courtney Gold. Pat will share information about Native Northwest history and culture throughout the workshop. Participants will need to bring a spray bottle and an awl or nail. All other tools and materials will be supplied. For (more…)


  • 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…)

Changing
Exhibits

4.28.18 -
9.9.18

Art, Natural History

Ascent: Climbing Explored

Discover the sport and spirit of mountaineering and rock climbing in a new, Museum-curated exhibit highlighting the history and culture of these adventure sports.


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.

Growing up otter

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