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

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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


  •  06.20.24
     6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Herd all your friends over to the High Desert Museum to learn how and why to create indoor enrichment toys for your furry feline friends at home, all while sipping on adult beverages. Our wildlife team will share how they keep the animals in our care engaged through mental and physical enrichment. Bring along a (more…)


  •  06.22.24
     12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Photo by John Williams CATurday Herd the whole family over to the High Desert Museum to learn how and why to create indoor enrichment toys for your furry feline friends at home. Our wildlife team will share how they keep the animals in our care engaged through mental and physical enrichment. Bring along a pair (more…)


  •  06.26.24
     8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join the High Desert Museum for a guided twilight expedition in search of bats! Check out the Museum’s new Forest at Night experience to brush up on nocturnal species before heading outside to search for our flying mammalian friends. Weather-appropriate clothing and a flashlight or headlamp are necessary. Registration is required for this limited-space, family (more…)


  •  07.20.24
     9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Exhibition Opening – Art in the West July 20, 2024 – September 20, 2024 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 (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

4.20.24 -
9.8.24

Art, History

Near, Far, Gone

Featuring extraordinary works by Wangechi Mutu, Matthew Day Jackson, Ann Hamilton, and Kiki Smith, this showcase explores the intricate relationship between humans, wildlife and the environment. With each piece drawing inspiration from the natural world, these acclaimed artists delve deep into themes of symbolism, allegory and human-animal connections.

3.2.24 -
1.12.25

Art, History

Sensing Sasquatch

Native peoples of the Plateau have long known about, encountered, depicted and told stories about Sasquatch. Sensing Sasquatch explores Sasquatch’s past, present and future in the High Desert region through an Indigenous lens. Works by five Indigenous artists will be on view, including: Phillip Cash Cash, Ph.D. (Nez Perce, Cayuse), HollyAnna CougarTracks DeCoteau Littlebull (Yakama, Nez Perce, Cayuse, Cree), Charlene “Tillie” Moody (Warm Springs), Frank Buffalo Hyde (Nez Perce, Onondaga) and Rocky LaRock (Salish).

11.11.23 -
7.7.24

History

Endangered in the High Desert

It’s been 50 years since Congress passed the Endangered Species Act (ESA), a law that aims to protect vulnerable species from extinction. The ESA is often associated with the 1990 listing of the northern spotted owl. But there are other species in the High Desert, some lesser known, that face the threat of extinction, including the whitebark pine, the pygmy rabbit and the Oregon spotted frog. Visit the Museum’s new exhibit Endangered in the High Desert to explore the past, present and future of this region’s endangered species.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services named the High Desert Museum as one of six recipients of the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.

The Museum was recognized for providing dynamic programming and services through community outreach, working to create programs that offer rich educational programming and expand museum access. 

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