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About the Museum

Plan Your Visit

Check out current exhibits and daily programs, find directions, rates, hours and more.

Kids & Families

Explore Together

Learn about kid-friendly exhibits, activities, camps and more.


Teach & Learn

Lifelong learning starts here! Explore teacher trainings, memorable field trips and unique school programs.

Join the HDM Family

Make an Impact

Volunteer, become a member or donate to support arts, education, wildlife and more.

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!


  • 09.25.22
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  Don’t miss your last chance to explore the exhibition that considers the ambitions, intentions and outcomes (sometimes disastrous) of intentional communities in the High Desert and Western United States over the past half century. It highlights contemporary artists as well, sharing their visions of alternative worlds and futures. Imagine a World invites each of (more…)

  • 09.28.22
    5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  Back-to-school night, but for teachers! Central Oregon teachers and school administrators are invited to network with community organizations to support and enhance their upcoming school year. Come early for the first screening of the High Desert Museum’s joint film project with Oregon Black Pioneers, Meeting the Sewells. Doors open at 5:00 pm for the (more…)

  • 09.30.22
    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. This year’s invitation-only exhibition features almost 100 works of art by dozens of renowned artists from across the country. The entire collection is available to (more…)

  • 09.30.22
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Celebrate the last day of Art in the West! Mingle with participating artists, watch live demonstrations, and enjoy live music, food and libations. The exhibit and auction close at 7:00 pm. Auction winners who are present can take home their pieces starting at 8:00 pm. (more…)

  • 10.03.22
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  In an era of environmental decline and climatological change, engineers are redesigning the built environment to reduce carbon consumption. Across the region, homeowners and business leaders are constructing Living Buildings that meet the highest standards of sustainability. Please join Marc P. Brune, principal engineer at PAE, who will discuss Living Buildings and how they (more…)

  • 10.04.22
    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! OCTOBER 4 – Book now   Critter Collage Visit animal friends and create animal-inspired art. Explore (more…)


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Lair: Light and the Art of Stephen Hendee

Immerse yourself in a futuristic world of light and sound. The glowing, high-tech world of Stephen Hendee explores the spaces in which we live, both physically and virtually.

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History, Art

Imagine a World

In the original exhibit, the Museum examines efforts over the decades to create ideal societies throughout the Western United States—from the glass domes of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 to the infamous Rajneeshpuram of “Wild, Wild Country.”

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Art in the West

Explore the annual juried exhibition and silent auction featuring traditional and contemporary art that celebrates the landscapes, wildlife, people, cultures and history of the High Desert.

Growing up otter



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