The Raptors of the Desert Sky program will be rescheduled to 10:30 am for the foreseeable future to accommodate the rising temperatures. Get to the Museum early to secure your tickets! The Desert Dwellers program will be canceled through Friday, July 12.

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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

  •  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…)

  •  07.20.24
     12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Discover more about the animals of the High Desert region by studying their poop! Scat is a wonderful window into the behaviors and diets of the animals living across unique High Desert habitats. 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm FREE with Museum admission (more…)

  •  07.24.24
     8:30 pm - 10:00 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, (more…)

  •  07.27.24
     9:30 am - 12:30 pm

Full steam ahead! See the 1904 Lazinka Sawmill in action and how lumber was processed on-the-go at the turn of the century.  Originally from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, NOW from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm to accommodate for the heat! FREE with Museum admission (more…)

  •  08.08.24
     9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Writing Ranch and the High Desert Museum are offering a unique weekend nature writing intensive at the Summer Lake Lodge in Summer Lake, Oregon. Daily generative writing workshops, led by author, OSU Cascades MFA instructor and founder of the Writing Ranch Ellen Waterston, will be informed and complemented by morning field trips and evening (more…)

  •  08.08.24
     5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

A quieter time for children and adults who experience physical, intellectual and/or social disabilities to enjoy the High Desert Museum after hours. Explore the Museum’s newest exhibitions and revisit your favorites. Sensory pack are available to borrow with headphones, fidgets and more. 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm (more…)


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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 -

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).

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.