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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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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


  • 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…)


  • 04.25.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 04.26.18
    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…)


  • 04.27.18
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Discover the history and culture of mountaineering and rock climbing and learn about the geology that draws climbing enthusiasts to our region. See climbing-inspired art and explore hands-on activities, including a climbing wall. Join us in celebrating the spirit and sport of climbing with live music, family-friendly activities, food and beverages. 6:30 pm — 8:00 (more…)


  • 04.28.18
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Discover the history and culture of mountaineering and rock climbing and learn about the geology that draws climbing enthusiasts to our region. See climbing-inspired art and explore hands-on activities, including a climbing wall. (more…)


  • 04.28.18
    10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Camping season is right around the corner! Enhance your camp kitchen skills with this Dutch oven cooking class. Breakfast is served after you learn how to select, prepare and fire up your oven and coals. 10:00 am — 12:00 pm Members $10, non-members $15 Registration and prepayment required. (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

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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>

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.

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