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Mighty Beaver
Learn more Meet the rockstar engineer of riparian and aquatic habitats, the North American beaver! The dynamic exhibit will give you a new perspective of this continent's largest rodent. High Desert Museum
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Learn more Our daily Bird of Prey Encounters are ON! Get beak-to-beak with a magnificent raptor. Discover how to identify these aerial predators and how we can ensure their future in the High Desert. High Desert Museum
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About the Museum

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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!


  • 05.12.21
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visitors 65 and older are invited to enjoy the Museum for free on this day. The Museum will also be open to the general public. RSVP strongly recommended. We will begin taking RSVPs for timed entry on Wednesday, April 28. Made possible by           With support from (more…)

  • 05.18.21
    7:30 am - 8:30 am

Do you love to write, but need help finding the time or inspiration? Join Desert Scribes! In each of three sessions, Louise Shirley, Donald M. Kerr curator of natural history, will share inspiration from High Desert ecology. You will have quiet time to respond to writing prompts and will be welcomed to share your words. (more…)

  • 05.22.21
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Museum is pleased to present this exhibition of work by artist jasna guy and entomologist Lincoln Best. In Time’s Hum explores pollinators, with a focus on the flowers on which they depend. jasna guy’s practice includes close observation of pollination ecology. This exhibition features graphite drawings, striking photographs of native flora, animations and vibrant (more…)

  • 05.29.21
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

On Saturday, May 29, we’ll fly into summer with Raptors of the Desert Sky and the rest of our engaging summer programs!  (more…)

  • 06.06.21
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Don’t miss the final day of this year’s Kids Curate exhibition! The display is the work of fifth graders from Jewell Elementary School in Bend through the yearlong project incorporating science and art that culminates in an exhibit at the Museum. This year students learned how plants and animals use energy from the sun. They (more…)

  • 06.09.21
    12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Join Dr. Doug Tallamy, entomologist and author of Nature’s Best Hope, for a lively discussion. A recent UN report predicts that because of human activities, as many as 1 million species will disappear from the planet, many of which are insects. Tallamy will remind us of the essential roles insects play and describe the simple (more…)


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Art, Natural History

In Time's Hum

Go on a deep exploration of the art, intricacy and importance of pollination by visual artist jasna guy and entomologist Lincoln Best.

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Natural History, Art

Dam It! Beavers and Us

Explore an important member of the order Rodentia and the interrelationship of people, beavers and the landscape.

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Science, Art

Cosmic Microscapes

What do ancient pieces of cooled magma from the Moon and Mars have in common with samples from an eruption of Oregon’s Lava Butte only 7,000 years ago? Discover the hidden art of igneous rocks from Oregon and other planets in our solar system in a Museum exhibit.

Spirit of
the West
Learn More Experience the vibrant history of the West as you explore its people, their challenges and successes. Permanent Exhibits
By Hand
Through Memory
Permanent Exhibits Discover the journey of the Plateau Indian Nations as they traveled from reservation confinement to the 21st century. Learn More
Miller Family
Permanent Exhibits Living historians bring 1904 to life as they maintain the cabin, barn, willow corral and sawmill and care for their animals. Learn More
Donald M. Kerr
Birds of
Prey Center
Permanent Exhibits See some of nature’s most spectacular aerial predators up close: owls, hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures. Learn More
Otter Exhibit
Permanent Exhibits Our three river otters define “play” in their newly-renovated exhibit. Learn More
Desertarium Permanent Exhibits View High Desert reptiles, amphibians, spiders and burrowing owls. Learn More Galleries Changing Exhibits Temporary exhibits on art, history, nature and culture. Learn More
Growing up otter



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