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Kids & Families

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

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Education

Teach & Learn

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

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

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


  • 12.13.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 12.14.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Parents and children ages 3-5 investigate science, art, music, stories and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks filled with exciting artifacts while journeying through the Museum’s nature trails and exhibits. Foster artistic expression in your little one and take home activities to continue the learning. New themes weekly! Members (more…)


  • 12.15.17
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Please join us for an evening with Peter Boag, author of Re-Dressing America’s Frontier Past, who will present the Old West through Camera Obscura: A Different View of the Iconic Cowboy—turning what you know about the American cowboy upside down and backward. This presentation re-conceptualizes gender and sexuality of the Old West. Members free, guests (more…)


  • 12.16.17
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

View stunning black-and-white photographs taken by Blake Little of the gay rodeo circuit and its participants during the late 1980s and early 1990s. The exhibit beautifully captures the spirit and camaraderie of the gay rodeo. This project has been funded in part by the Oregon Heritage Commission, Oregon Parks and (more…)


  • 12.20.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 12.21.17
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Parents and children ages 3-5 investigate science, art, music, stories and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks filled with exciting artifacts while journeying through the Museum’s nature trails and exhibits. Foster artistic expression in your little one and take home activities to continue the learning. New themes weekly! Members (more…)


  • 12.26.17 - 12.29.17
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

TUESDAY-FRIDAY, DEC 26-29 Kids Camps School’s Out! Offering camps for elementary students on no school days! 9:00 am—3:00 pm All camps this session are K—5th High Desert Time Travelers Build a time machine and jump back into the time of dinosaurs and learn about Archaeopteryx, then zoom into the future and build a robotic arm. (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

5.13.17 -
1.7.18

Kids, Natural History, Art

Capturing Time: Celebrating 35 Years of the High Desert Museum

This exhibition explores the conception of time through objects from our permanent collection.

9.2.17 -
2.17.18

Kids, Natural History

Innovation Lab: Design Inspired by Nature

Learn how designers, engineers and architects are taking a page out of nature's book, and create some designs of your own in this family-friendly exhibition..

10.13.17 -
4.8.18

Art, Natural History, Wildlife

Dinosaurs Take Flight: The Art of Archaeopteryx

Enter the world of Archaeopteryx, a famous fossil that has informed our current understanding of birds and flight.

12.15.17 -
4.30.18

Art

Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo

Black-and-white photographs that document the gay rodeo circuit and lives of many of its participants.

Growing up otter

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