The Museum is closed today Wednesday, May 23rd for a prescribed burn. The Museum will be open at 9:00 am on Thursday, May 24th.
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!
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Enjoy some toe-tapping tunes from our pioneering house band! Dancing encouraged. 11:00 am – 2:00 pm Free with Museum admission (more…)
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us on an exciting evening expedition in search of bats on the Museum grounds using echolocator equipment. Bring weather-appropriate clothing and a flashlight or headlamp. 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm Members $5, non-members $10 Registration and prepayment required. In partnership with (more…)
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for the 28th annual Rendezvous — a rip-roaring evening including dinner, silent and live auctions, raffle, historical gambling, hosted saloon and dancing. Central Oregon’s longest-running fundraiser supports the Museum’s educational programs. 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm RSVP: www.highdesertmuseum.org/HDR Made possible by (more…)
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Full steam ahead! See the 1904 sawmill in action and discover how critical this steam-powered sawmill was to homestead families in the High Desert. 11:00 am – 3:00 pm Free with Museum admission (more…)
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.
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.
Kids Curate ensures that arts education remains in schools. The High Desert Museum offers teachers the professional development required to deliver integrated arts projects to their students.
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.