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Kids & Families

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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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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


  • 02.21.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 02.22.18
    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…)


  • 02.21.18
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

On January 2, 2016, armed protestors seized the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters in Harney County, Oregon. The occupation lasted 41 days during which time considerable damage occurred. Join Chad Karges, project leader for the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge; Gary Marshall, a third generation rancher and chairman of the High Desert Partnership; and Charlotte Rodrique, (more…)


  • 02.24.18
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Everyone gets in free! 10:00 am—4:00 pm Made possible by (more…)


  • 02.28.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 03.01.18
    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…)


  • 03.06.18
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Many gay men and women born in rural, western communities leave their hometowns behind in search of community, companionship and security. Gregory Hinton, author and historian, will showcase LGBT history and culture in the American West. He’ll discuss his nationally-acclaimed program series, Out West, which includes lectures, plays, film and gallery exhibitions. Hear how the (more…)


  • 03.07.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am
  • 03.08.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

What do you know about the life of a tortoise? Dive into the world of shells and scutes as you imagine living as a tortoise for a day. 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 (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

5.26.17 -
1.7.18

Kids, Natural History, Art

Capturing Time: Celebrating 35 Years of the High Desert Museum

Explore the conception of time through objects from our permanent collection./p>

9.2.17 -
7.15.18

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.

4.28.18 -
9.3.18

Art, Natural History

Ascent: Climbing Explored

Discover the sport and spirit of mountaineering and rock climbing in a new, Museum-curated exhibit highlighting the history and culture of these adventure sports.

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