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About the Museum

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Kids & Families

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Learn about kid-friendly exhibits, activities, camps and more.

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Teach & Learn

Lifelong learning starts here! Explore teacher trainings, memorable field trips and unique school programs.

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The Museum

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!


  • 04.10.18
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Communities Partnering with Rodents to Rehabilitate Our Watersheds High Desert riparian ecosystems face threats from a wide range of pressures. How are ecologists mimicking beaver dams to restore healthy stream habitats? Join Dr. Chris Jordon, ecologist with NOAA-Fisheries; Dr. Matt Orr, assistant professor of biology at Oregon State University; and Dr. Nick Weber, fisheries biologist (more…)

  • 04.11.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 04.12.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

See nature in a whole new way. Bring your curiosity and find out how different natural objects look at a microscopic level. We’ll collect specimens and examine different textures, patterns and colors using a handheld digital microscope. Come on an adventure! Parents and children ages 3-5 investigate science, art, music, stories and culture in a (more…)

  • 04.14.18
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Create still life drawings of historical artifacts from the High Desert Museum’s collection under the guidance of artist and teacher Ian Factor. Artists and aspiring artists will have the opportunity to draw rarely-seen objects from the Museum’s collections vault. Materials required include a sketchbook or drawing pad (18” x 24” or smaller), and preferred drawing (more…)

  • 04.21.18
    7:00 am - 2:00 pm

Explore the great migration of Swainson’s hawks as these powerful raptors return to Central Oregon from their wintering grounds in South America. Their arrival is timed with the emergence of Belding’s ground squirrels from hibernation. Join a wildlife curator for this trip to Fort Rock for a comprehensive look at this important predator-prey relationship, and (more…)


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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>

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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.

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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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Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo

Black-and-white photographs that document the gay rodeo circuit and lives of many of its participants.

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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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