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Kids & Families

Explore Together

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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Make an Impact

Volunteer, become a member or donate to support arts, education, wildlife and more.

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


  • 11.01.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 11.02.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

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 Museum’s nature trails and exhibits. Foster artistic expression in your little one and take home activities to continue the learning. New themes weekly! Members (more…)


  • 11.02.17
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr. Julia Clarke, professor and Wilson Centennial Fellow in Vertebrate Paleontology at The University of Texas at Austin, will share her research into the evolution of feathers and flight. Get an in-depth look at Archaeopteryx, plus the feathered dinosaurs of Liaoning, China and the complexities and challenges of paleontological research. 6:00 pm, doors open 5:45 (more…)


  • 11.03.17 - 11.04.17
    5:00 pm - 9:00 am

As the doors close and the lights dim, art and science come to life during this sleepover at the Museum. During this family-friendly adventure, meet living dinosaurs, find out what T.rex tastes like and create your own dinosaur-inspired masterpiece. Dinner and light breakfast provided. For kids ages 5 to 13 and their adult chaperones. Friday, (more…)


  • 11.04.17
    4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A time for children and adults with physical, intellectual and/or social disabilities to enjoy the High Desert Museum after hours. Explore the Museum’s newest exhibits and revisit your favorites. 4:00 pm—7:00 pm Free for individuals, friends and family (more…)


  • 11.08.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 11.09.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

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 Museum’s nature trails and exhibits. Foster artistic expression in your little one and take home activities to continue the learning. New themes weekly! Members (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

10.1.16 -
9.3.17

Art, History

From the Vault: Pat Courtney Gold Baskets

Beautiful baskets featuring traditional basketry techniques and contemporary design motifs created by Wasco artist Pat Courtney Gold.

1.28.17 -
9.10.17

History

WWII: The High Desert Home Front

Discover the role the region played in the war and the war’s local impact.

5.27.17 -
11.12.17

Art

Beyond Fences

Photographer Brown W. Cannon III explores what it means to be a cowboy.

2.18.17 -
12.2.17

Art, Natural History

Legendary Landscapes

A community-curated photographic exhibit of High Desert landscapes and the stories behind their names.

7.27.17 -
8.26.17

Art, History

Art in the West

Annual exhibition and auction of exemplary Western art.

9.2.17 -
2.17.18

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.

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