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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.

Education

Teach & Learn

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

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Make an Impact

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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


  • 02.20.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Take your mind off the long, dark winter nights and learn about the bright, shining stars up in the winter sky. Come hear stories about these stars. 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 artifacts (more…)


  • 02.21.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Take your mind off the long, dark winter nights and learn about the bright, shining stars up in the winter sky. Come hear stories about these stars. 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 artifacts (more…)


  • 02.21.19
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Central Oregon Veterans Ranch (COVR) Founder and Executive Director Alison Perry and COVR Board Member and Vietnam veteran Ron Ford are among panelists who will join the Museum’s curator of art and community engagement to discuss the impact and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and explore the ways in which it is expressed in the (more…)


  • 02.27.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Explore the “two lives” of toads and frogs, as these hoppers spend time in both water and on land. Find out which one is a faster swimmer and which one is a higher jumper. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on (more…)


  • 02.28.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Explore the “two lives” of toads and frogs, as these hoppers spend time in both water and on land. Find out which one is a faster swimmer and which one is a higher jumper. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

9.8.18 -
7.14.19

Art, Natural History

Animal Journeys: Navigating in Nature

The High Desert Museum is pleased to present Animal Journeys: Navigating in Nature, an original exhibition exploring the navigational feats performed by wildlife.

10.27.18 -
2.17.19

Art, Natural History

Desert Mystic: Paintings by John Simpkins

John Simpkins personifies the tradition of the artist as a mystic and hermit as his paintings weave wildlife into dense, layered allegories.

1.26.19 -
4.7.19

Art, History

Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

Rick Bartow (1946-2016) is one of Oregon’s most celebrated Indigenous artists. Rick’s sculptures, paintings, drawings and prints are an eloquent exploration of his identity, and they remind us that identity is layered and complex.

Growing up otter

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