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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 - 11:00 am
Come on an adventure! Children ages 3-5* and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks filled with exciting objects while journeying through the Museum’s nature trails and exhibits. New themes weekly! Tuesday, October 19 – Chicken Chatter Off to the ranch we go! Feed the (more…)
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Join local experts Erin MacDonald, trusts and estates attorney for Karnopp Petersen LLP, and Julie Gregory, senior philanthropic advisor for Oregon Community Foundation, online to learn about innovative ways to structure your philanthropic giving to support the High Desert Museum and other charities during your lifetime or in your estate plan. This is a (more…)
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 With support from (more…)
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A quieter time for children and adults who experience physical, intellectual and/or social disabilities to enjoy the High Desert Museum after hours. Explore the Museum’s newest exhibits and revisit your favorites. Free for individuals, friends and family Made possible by With support from Mark and Kathy Kralj and (more…)
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Calling all ghouls and goblins! Celebrate Halloween at the Museum. Hear tales that make you tremble. Uncover myths about not-so wicked wildlife. Visit the Miller family and explore their favorite spooky traditions from the early 20th century. Costumes encouraged. 10:00 am — 1:00 pm Free with admission In partnership with (more…)
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Come on an adventure! Children ages 3-5* and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks filled with exciting objects while journeying through the Museum’s nature trails and exhibits. New themes weekly! Tuesday, October 26 – Creatures of the Night Did you hear that? What was (more…)
Natural History, Art
When many of us think of X-rays, we think of peering beneath the skin to detect an illness or injury. Imagine using the technology to see into vertebrates with the goal of learning evolutionary stories.
Art, Natural History
Across the American West, drought, dense forests and extreme weather exacerbated by climate change are contributing to catastrophic fires. Artist Bryan David Griffith has found inspiration from fires to pose valuable questions in the exhibition "Rethinking Fire."
The 20-Dollar Art Show
Bend’s biggest little art show is back, presented by Bright Place Gallery. The Museum is honored to host this year’s "20-Dollar Art Show," featuring thousands of pieces of original art by over 100 local artists. Join us to celebrate with live music, food, drinks and $20 art on Saturday, October 30!