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
Join us for the opening day of the exhibition Cosmic Microscapes: Seeing into Rocks from Oregon and Space. This exhibition blends art and science to reveal the breathtaking beauty of meteorites—rocks from space! University of Washington geochemist and meteoricist Dr. Tony Irving and photographer Neil Buckland combined forces to create extreme macroscopic, panoramic photographs (more…)
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
The narrative about Native people in this country is laced with misconceptions, toxic stereotypes and systemic erasure. IllumiNative works to transform how Americans and key institutions think about and engage with Native peoples. Savannah Romero will discuss how IllumiNative is using research, (more…)
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
When you look up on a clear night, you see into the universe. Amy Sayle, Ph.D., communicates astronomy to the public and tells stories under the stars at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. She will use planetarium software and astronomical images to identify celestial objects you can see from your own neighborhood. Discover how (more…)
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
What everyday object from 1904 is pictured here? Visit the Miller Ranch and see objects that were common to the Miller family. Some of these objects we still use today, while others are almost unrecognizable. Will you be able to guess what they are? Event is FREE with Museum admission. You may reserve or purchase (more…)
- 03.20.21 - 03.29.21
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Stay tuned for special spring break programs at the High Desert Museum beginning Saturday, March 20! Made possible by (more…)
- 03.22.21 - 03.26.21
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kids in kindergarten – 5th grade will explore art, cultures and science. Museum and state safety protocols are in place to help keep campers and staff healthy. To learn more about our coronavirus precautions, contact email@example.com. Don’t forget that Museum Members receive a 20% discount on all Kids Camps. Click here to become a Member. In order to (more…)
History, Natural History
Dive into the meaning risk-taking plays in our lives, why daredevils capture our imaginations and the many reasons they have been drawn to High Desert landscapes to execute their feats.
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.
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.