The Museum will be closed on Thanksgiving, November 23.
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!
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Hear frontier tunes played by the Museum’s lively house band. 11:00 am—2:00 pm (more…)
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Roads and other human structures create major barriers for native wildlife including migrating deer and elk. Cidney Bowman, wildlife passage program lead for the Oregon Department of Transportation, will lend insight into the impacts of roads on wildlife and what measures can be taken to improve habit connectivity and reduce wildlife-vehicle collisions for the benefit (more…)
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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…)
- 02.16.18 - 02.17.18
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Join educators from the Environmental Center and High Desert Museum for two days of interactive, hands-on experiments. Teachers will gain knowledge and tools to teach 5th-8th grade students about climate science issues and solutions. Teachers will receive a curriculum, classroom kit and full unit plan aligned with NGSS standards. Substitute funding provided. February 16 and (more…)
Last chance to see our Innovation Lab: Design Inspired by Nature. (more…)
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am – 3:00 pm All camps this session are k-5th grade. Monday, February 19 Dino Art What do dinosaurs, clay and plaster have in common? Art! After visiting the Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx exhibition, students will enjoy drawing dinosaurs, printmaking and creating a dinosaur from clay and plaster. Other activities will (more…)
Art, Natural History
A community-curated photographic exhibit of High Desert landscapes and the stories behind their names.
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..
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.
Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo
Black-and-white photographs that document the gay rodeo circuit and lives of many of its participants.