This unique museum reveals the natural world and cultural history of the West’s High Desert region through artful exhibits, alluring animals, engaging programs and meaningful history. Whether you’re a local or planning to visit Bend Oregon, discover why we’re rated the #1 Thing to Do in Bend by TripAdvisor!
The Museum is just 5 minutes south of downtown Bend or 10 minutes north of Sunriver on Highway 97, but feels like stepping into a different time and place. Get close-up views of native wildlife such as river otters, bobcat, and birds of prey. See art through a different lens. Chat with historic characters who’ll share tales of early Oregon explorers and settlers. Visit an authentic homestead and sawmill from 1904. Learn about Native American culture and history, and delight your children with one of many fun, hands-on programs. You’ll be glad you came!
Plan your day around exciting animal encounters, exhibit tours, talks and nature walks. This summer, don’t miss Raptors of the Desert Sky, our outdoor flight program. Be sure to allow time to shop for beautiful jewelry, artwork, books and toys in Silver Sage Trading and enjoy a delicious lunch or cold beverage in the Rimrock Café!
Hours & Rates
Admission for members during normal business hours is always free!
Open daily, except for Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
April 1 – October 31 9:00 am to 5:00pm
Senior (65 plus): $12
College Student (with I.D.): $12
Child (ages 3-12): $9
2 and younger free
November 1 – March 31 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Senior (65 plus): $10
College Student (with I.D.): $10
Child (ages 3-12): $7
2 and younger free
Stroller and wheelchair rentals free
AAA Discount. We offer a 10% AAA discount with a valid AAA membership card.
Military Discount. Active and retired military personnel with government ID receive 10% off their family admission.
Blue Star Museum Discount. Free admission for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and up to five family members from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Museums for All. Guests with an Electronics Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and photo ID receive a reduced admission rate of $2.00 per person, offered for up to six individuals (up to two adults and four children) and is valid during normal business hours only.
The Museum accepts Visa and Mastercard only.
We suggest that you allow at least two to three hours for your visit.