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 - 4:00 pm
Check out the Silver Sage Trading Winter Sale – LAST DAY! Get your year-end shopping going! Silver Sage Trading will offer 10% off most merchandise for all visitors and 20% off most merchandise for Museum members. You need not pay admission if your destination is Silver Sage Trading! (more…)
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Photography by Dr. Matthew G. Betts Earth is experiencing unprecedented changes to its climate and species. And yet consumption rates continue to grow. Please join Dr. Matthew G. Betts, Professor and Ruth Spaniol Chair in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University and Lead Scientist for the HJ Andrews LTER program, (more…)
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Intrepid trivia lovers of Bend, unite! Come match wits with our resident brainiacs in a Museum version of speed trivia. Untold prestige and a few prizes await. Did we mention that the sugar cookies won’t decorate themselves? 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm $10, Ages 3-12 $6, Ages 3 and under free, Members free (more…)
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
This event has sold out. To join the waitlist, please fill out the form below. Join the High Desert Museum in its exploration of the Endangered Species Act on the law’s 50th anniversary. The event will provide the first look at our monumental new exhibition Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species: From the Collections of Jordan (more…)
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm
We’re staying open late with free admission for college students with their ID! Everyone is invited to come dressed in their best and brightest vintage snow-wear for zippy games of Bingo – something we like to call RetroTangoBingo. 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm $10, Ages 3-12 $6, Ages 3 and under free, Members free (more…)
Vistas del Cielo
Walk through the vibrant world of artist Justin Favela! In his original High Desert Museum exhibit Vistas del Cielo, he celebrates the history of Latinx vaqueros—his own family history—through bright piñata materials and large-scale installations. He offers an immersive experience that is joyful for the entire family.
Wolves: Photography by Ronan Donovan
Imagine taking an intimate look into the lesser-known lives of wild wolves through the lens of a decorated National Geographic photographer. Set to debut at the High Desert Museum on Saturday, October 21, the travelling exhibition Wolves: Photography by Ronan Donovan offers Museum visitors that remarkable opportunity. The stunning exhibition, created by the National Geographic Society and the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, will feature Donovan’s images and videos of wolves in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and on Ellesmere Island in the high Canadian Artic. Since 2014, the National Geographic Explorer and photographer has examined the relationship between wild wolves and humans to better understand the animals, our shared history and what drives the persistent human-wolf conflict.
Endangered in the High Desert
It’s been 50 years since Congress passed the Endangered Species Act (ESA), a law that aims to protect vulnerable species from extinction. The ESA is often associated with the 1990 listing of the northern spotted owl. But there are other species in the High Desert, some lesser known, that face the threat of extinction, including the whitebark pine, the pygmy rabbit and the Oregon spotted frog. Visit the Museum’s new exhibit Endangered in the High Desert to explore the past, present and future of this region’s endangered species.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services named the High Desert Museum as one of six recipients of the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.
The Museum was recognized for providing dynamic programming and services through community outreach, working to create programs that offer rich educational programming and expand museum access.