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Education

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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


  • 02.16.19
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Explore how people a century ago performed the making and mending of clothes, quilts and other textiles. Children and adults alike can get hands on with an old-time sewing machine as well as crocheting and quilting inside the Hall of Exploration and Settlement, learning about how the work got done and how the artistry and (more…)


  • 02.18.19
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

If you would like to be put on the waiting list for this Kids Camp, please complete the form below. Thank you! Painting Animal Stories Join an exciting journey of creative discovery! There will be fun and innovative art projects including a large-format canvas painting project inspired by the mystical animal folk art (more…)


  • 02.20.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Take your mind off the long, dark winter nights and learn about the bright, shining stars up in the winter sky. Come hear stories about these stars. 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 (more…)


  • 02.21.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Take your mind off the long, dark winter nights and learn about the bright, shining stars up in the winter sky. Come hear stories about these stars. 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 (more…)


  • 02.21.19
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Central Oregon Veterans Ranch (COVR) Founder and Executive Director Alison Perry and COVR Board Member and Vietnam veteran Ron Ford are among panelists who will join the Museum’s curator of art and community engagement to discuss the impact and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and explore the ways in which it is expressed in the (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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