Indelible memories and ear-to-ear grins. Wildlife adventures and families brought together again. That's the High Desert Museum. Where captivating animals, enlightening exhibits and colorful historic characters bring you back, year after year. The Museum is consistently rated the #1 attraction in Bend by Trip Advisor.

For affordable family fun, no other attraction in Bend, Oregon can match the High Desert Museum. Don't miss our newest exhibits, Water's Extreme Journey and  Painting Oregon's Harvest: The Art of Kathy Deggedorfer. No other museum offers such an interesting array of wildlife, living history and artful exhibits. Come see what everyone’s raving about. 


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Story of an Oregon Golden Eagle - Part 1

 By John Goodell, Curator of Wildlife

A cornerstone of my work at the High Desert Museum is building our Living Collection of wildlife for exhibits and special programs.  Although I focus on species native to the High Deserts of the...

The story of Snowshoe the lynx

Snowshoe, a male hybrid lynx who lived at the High Desert Museum for nine years, died last night. He had been under a veterinarian’s care recently for kidney failure.  Snowshoe’s exact age isn’t known but it’s believed he was in his 20s, having lived much longer than lynx do in the wild.