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About the Museum

Plan Your Visit

Check out current exhibits and daily programs, find directions, rates, hours and more.

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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.

Join the HDM Family

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


  • 01.31.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 02.01.18
    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…)


  • 02.02.18
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

9:00 am – 3:00 pm All camps this session are K-5th grade. School’s Out Kids Camp! Friday, February 2 Robotics In this robotic camp, campers will build a set of cubelets and make them move and spin in various directions. Then create and build a robotic arm that can pick up a variety of objects! (more…)


  • 02.03.18
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Make art while helping the environment! Learn how to make a sculpture using recycled cardboard. Topics include basic three-dimensional design and cardboard fabrication. No previous sculpting experience required. Appropriate for all skill levels. Suitable for ages 12 and older. Bring your own cardboard boxes. All other tools and materials supplied. 10:00 am—2:00 pm Member $15, (more…)


  • 02.07.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 02.08.18
    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…)


  • 02.10.18
    8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join a Museum curator for a trip to view raptors in Central Oregon. Visit Fort Rock to observe the natural behaviors of raptors including golden eagles, ferruginous hawks, prairie falcons, merlins and more. Transportation provided. 8:00 am—3:00 pm Members $40, non-members $50 (more…)


  • 02.10.18
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Create your own naturalist’s sketchbook! Learn beginning drawing techniques and study examples of natural history sketching. The workshop begins with a classroom session, then moves on to the Museum grounds for hands-on sketching. Appropriate for all ages and skill levels. Dress appropriately for outdoor sketching. Materials required: hard-cover sketchbook (11” x 14” or smaller), 2-B (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

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.

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.

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.

Growing up otter

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