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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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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

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!


  • 05.02.18
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Celebrate the culmination of this year’s Kids Curate program as you explore a series of interpretive panels highlighting the natural and cultural history of the Crooked River Canyon. The exhibit was created by Crooked River Elementary School fifth-grade students in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management and the Museum. Made possible by Avion Water (more…)

  • 05.02.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 05.03.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

What do you carry all your treasures in? Plateau Indian Bags had many purposes and were used every day. Find out what traditions they hold and the stories they told. 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 (more…)

  • 05.05.18
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Join our wildlife curators to meet and photograph a variety of species in the Museum’s living collection and learn about their natural history. Workshop includes an optional classroom session on Friday at 6:00 pm followed by a day shadowing a wildlife curator to learn about wildlife conservation. Photographic opportunities include raptors in flight and mammals (more…)

  • 05.08.18
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free admission for all visitors 65 years or older. Made possible by The Center (more…)

  • 05.08.18
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Climate change is one of the most important challenges humanity has ever faced. But together, we can be part of the solution. Catherine Macdonald, director of policy and external affairs for the Oregon chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and Dr. Ryan Huago, forest ecologist for TNC, will discuss the latest in climate science, impacts (more…)

  • 05.09.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 05.10.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come study and gather data about the winged wonders of the Museum as an ornithologist — a scientist who studies birds! 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 (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>

9.2.17 -

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 -

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.

4.28.18 -

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.

Growing up otter



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