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About the Museum

Plan Your Visit

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

Kids & Families

Explore Together

Learn about kid-friendly exhibits, activities, camps and more.


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

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!


  • 08.27.22
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE! Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 27. The High Desert Museum’s signature fundraiser returns Saturday, August 27! This marks the 33rd High Desert Rendezvous, making it one of the longest-running fundraisers in Central Oregon. You don’t want to miss our annual celebration of the Museum’s mission to wildly excite and responsibly teach through (more…)

  • 09.08.22
    12:00 am - 8:00 pm

PLAYA Writing Intensive High Desert Museum Literary Series and the Writing Ranch present Lost in Place September 8 – 11, 2022 The Writing Ranch and the High Desert Museum are offering a unique weekend writing intensive at PLAYA, an arts and sciences residency campus located on Summer Lake, Oregon. Daily generative writing workshops, led by high desert writer and poet (more…)

  • 09.08.22
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join our wildlife team to learn about and photograph the wildlife in our care. Experienced photographers will be available to assist participants with camera techniques for portrait-style and action photography opportunities. Participants are welcome to explore the fundamentals of their equipment during a preliminary Zoom meeting on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30 pm.   10:00 (more…)

  • 09.12.22
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  Central Oregon is home to a broad range of fungi. From mushrooms to molds, fungi play an important role in our region’s forests. Join Ariel Cowan, Oregon State University Extension Service, and Sarah Navarro, U.S. Forest Service, to learn how these inhabitants impact forest health. This event is FREE, and registration is required.   (more…)

  • 09.21.22
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visitors 65 and older are invited to enjoy the Museum for FREE on this day with special programing. The Museum will also be open to the general public.  Made possible by             (more…)


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Lair: Light and the Art of Stephen Hendee

Immerse yourself in a futuristic world of light and sound. The glowing, high-tech world of Stephen Hendee explores the spaces in which we live, both physically and virtually.

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History, Art

Imagine a World

In the original exhibit, the Museum examines efforts over the decades to create ideal societies throughout the Western United States—from the glass domes of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 to the infamous Rajneeshpuram of “Wild, Wild Country.”

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Art in the West

Explore the annual juried exhibition and silent auction featuring traditional and contemporary art that celebrates the landscapes, wildlife, people, cultures and history of the High Desert.

Growing up otter



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