barn owl in flight high desert museum things to do in bend oregon We are open! Learn more The interior exhibits at the Museum are open! From "Dam It! Beavers and Us" to the Birds of Prey Center, there's wonder around every corner. High Desert Museum Tickets Celebrate the
Mighty Beaver
Learn more Meet the rockstar engineer of riparian and aquatic habitats, the North American beaver! The dynamic exhibit will give you a new perspective of this continent's largest rodent. High Desert Museum
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Learn more The original exhibit explores the High Desert canyons and playas through famous thrill seekers of the 1970s! High Desert Museum

The interior exhibits at the Museum are open! We strongly recommend timed tickets: Click here for details. 

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About the Museum

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Kids & Families

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

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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!


  • 03.06.21
    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…)

  • 03.08.21
    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…)

  • 03.12.21
    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…)

  • 03.13.21
    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…)

  • 03.22.21 - 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 info@highdesertmuseum.org. Don’t forget that Museum Members receive a 20% discount on all Kids Camps. Click here to become a Member. In order to (more…)


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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.

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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.

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Science, Art

Cosmic Microscapes

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.

Spirit of
the West
Learn More Experience the vibrant history of the West as you explore its people, their challenges and successes. Permanent Exhibits
By Hand
Through Memory
Permanent Exhibits Discover the journey of the Plateau Indian Nations as they traveled from reservation confinement to the 21st century. Learn More
Miller Family
Permanent Exhibits Living historians bring 1904 to life as they maintain the cabin, barn, willow corral and sawmill and care for their animals. Learn More
Donald M. Kerr
Birds of
Prey Center
Permanent Exhibits See some of nature’s most spectacular aerial predators up close: owls, hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures. Learn More
Otter Exhibit
Permanent Exhibits Our three river otters define “play” in their newly-renovated exhibit. Learn More
Desertarium Permanent Exhibits View High Desert reptiles, amphibians, spiders and burrowing owls. Learn More Galleries Changing Exhibits Temporary exhibits on art, history, nature and culture. Learn More
Growing up otter



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