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!
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…)
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lost in Place: Malheur Field Station Nature Writing Intensive September 28 – October 1, 2023 The Writing Ranch and the High Desert Museum are offering a unique weekend nature writing intensive at the Malheur Field Station, located near Princeton, Oregon. Daily generative writing workshops, led by High Desert (more…)
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Last chance to see our Creations of Spirit Exhibit! (more…)
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
The H. J. Andrews Experimental Forest is a 15,800-acre site in the Cascades. Created in 1948, the Andrews has attracted scientists from across the world who perform long-term ecological studies at the site. On August 5, 2023, lightning ignited the Lookout Fire, which has burned approximately 57% of the Forest. The fire continues to spread (more…)
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Exhibition Opening: The 20-Dollar Art Show (more…)
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bend’s biggest little art show is turning 10! Tickets are SOLD OUT! Check back later for updates! The Museum is once again honored to host this year’s 20-Dollar Art Show, presented by Bright Place Gallery. Ever-growing and defiant in the face of inflation, this year’s event will feature thousands of pieces of original art by well (more…)
Vistas del Cielo
Walk through the vibrant world of artist Justin Favela! In his original High Desert Museum exhibit Vistas del Cielo, he celebrates the history of Latinx vaqueros—his own family history—through bright piñata materials and large-scale installations. He offers an immersive experience that is joyful for the entire family.
Culture, Art, History
Creations of Spirit
"Creations of Spirit" is a one-of-a-kind, celebratory experience featuring the stories of living works of art from seven Indigenous artists. Videos, audio and large projections will immerse visitors in the landscapes and communities in which these objects are used, highlighting the theme of artwork as alive, full of stories and created for specific purposes and people.
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.