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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


  • 02.07.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Inspired by the art of John Simpkins in the exhibit Desert Mystic: Paintings by John Simpkins, create your own large-format folk art and a story to go along with it. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks filled (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…)


  • 02.13.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Go behind the scenes and find out how we care for the Museum’s animals. Help our staff prepare meals for the wildlife. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers 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 (more…)


  • 02.14.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Go behind the scenes and find out how we care for the Museum’s animals. Help our staff prepare meals for the wildlife. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers 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 (more…)


  • 02.16.19
    8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join a Museum curator to view raptors in Central Oregon. Visit Fort Rock to observe the natural behaviors of raptors such as golden eagles, ferruginous hawks, prairie falcons, merlins and more. Transportation provided. Weather permitting. The following Refund Policy is in effect for the High Desert Museum. For Museum events and programs: no refunds, unless (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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