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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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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


  • 03.31.18
    11:00 am - 11:30 am

Raptors take flight overhead in this intimate demonstration. Experience these powerful predators up close as our wildlife specialists showcase the birds’ agility and grace. 11:00 am and 1:30 pm Members $3, non-members $5 plus admission Registration and prepayment or purchase tickets at admissions. (more…)


  • 03.31.18
    1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Raptors take flight overhead in this intimate demonstration. Experience these powerful predators up close as our wildlife specialists showcase the birds’ agility and grace. 11:00 am and 1:30 pm Members $3, non-members $5 plus admission Registration and prepayment or purchase tickets at admissions. (more…)


  • 04.02.18
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Most Americans now accept gay and lesbian relationships, but the queer population is made up of an array of communities and experiences. Are all queer people accepted, tolerated and embraced everywhere? Jill Winsor, a self-described nerdy queer feminist who happens to work as a policy advocate, will guide a conversation asking the questions: Where are (more…)


  • 04.04.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 04.05.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Shake your leg. Flap your wing. We’ll explore music and movement this week. Make your own instrument and take it home for family fun! 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 (more…)


  • 04.05.18
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A screening of the eye-opening documentary No Man’s Land, an on-the-ground, detailed account of the 2016 standoff between the occupiers of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and federal authorities, followed by a facilitated discussion. 6:00 pm, doors open 5:45 pm Museum café will be open for food and drinks Members $5, non-members $10 With support (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

5.26.17 -
1.7.18

Kids, Natural History, Art

Capturing Time: Celebrating 35 Years of the High Desert Museum

Explore the conception of time through objects from our permanent collection./p>

9.2.17 -
7.15.18

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.

4.28.18 -
9.3.18

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.

Growing up otter

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