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On Tuesday, July 27, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Oregon Health Authority both recommended that vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear face coverings in all public indoor settings. In alignment with the recommendation, the Museum will as of Thursday, July 29 once again require face coverings indoors. Thank you for helping keep our community healthy and safe!

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The Museum

Wildlife,
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!

Upcoming
Events


  • 07.26.21 - 07.30.21
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

JULY 26 – 30  K-1st: Five Senses – This camp is sold out. Complete the waiting list form here. Can you find your way along a trail just by using your sense of smell? Or figure out what an object is by using your sense of touch? This week you will taste, smell, hear, feel and see! Learn (more…)


  • 07.29.21
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  Art in the West is an annual juried exhibition and silent auction featuring traditional and contemporary art that celebrates the landscapes, wildlife, people, cultures and history of the High Desert—a region that stretches from the eastern slope of the Cascades and Sierras in the west to the Wyoming Basin and Colorado Plateau in the east (more…)


  • 08.02.21 - 08.06.21
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

AUGUST 2 – 6 K-1st: Under Construction – This camp is sold out. Complete the waiting list form here. Humans aren’t the only builders. Learn about structures that other animals create including dams, webs and more! Explore forest, field and creek to look for animal homes and try your hand at building these natural structures. 2nd-3rd: Homestead Handicrafts – This (more…)


  • 08.09.21 - 08.13.21
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

AUGUST 9 – 13 K-1st: Nighttime Neighbors – This camp is sold out. Complete the waiting list form here. Do you ever wonder what howls in the night? Whooo’s watching from the trees? Learn about the nocturnal animals that come out to play while you are sound asleep. 2nd-3rd: Under the Big Top – This camp is sold out. Complete the waiting list (more…)


  • 08.12.21
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

PLAYA Writing Intensive High Desert Museum Literary Series and the Writing Ranch present Lost in Place August 12-15, 2021 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 will be informed and (more…)


  • 08.16.21 - 08.20.21
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

AUGUST 16 – 20  K-1st: Buzzing and Blossoming – This camp is sold out. Complete the waiting list form here. Discover the amazing world of pollinators! Investigate their astounding variety and importance while exploring their life cycles, habitats and the flowers they pollinate. Create pollinator-inspired art and music. You’ll “bee” an expert in all things pollination after (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

5.22.21 -
9.6.21

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.

1.30.21 -
10.3.21

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.

7.29.21 -
10.16.21

Art

Art in the West

Art in the West is an annual juried exhibition and silent auction featuring traditional and contemporary art that celebrates the landscapes, wildlife, people, cultures and history of the High Desert—a region that stretches from the eastern slope of the Cascades and Sierras to the Wyoming Basin and Colorado Plateau and Northern Arizona to southeastern British Columbia.

Growing up otter

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