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About the Museum

Plan Your Visit

Check out current exhibits and daily programs, find directions, rates, hours and more.

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Kids & Families

Explore Together

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.

Join the HDM Family

Make an Impact

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


  • 07.27.17
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  Join us for an evening filled with art and excitement. Mingle with the artists and view the beautiful works of art in this juried exhibition. This is your first chance to bid on a piece, so make it count! Or if (more…)


  • 08.11.17
    7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Join an exciting evening expedition in search of bats on our grounds using echolocator equipment.  Bring weather-appropriate clothing and a flashlight to be prepared for touring the Museum after hours. 7:30 pm—9:00 pm Members $5, non-members $10 Western Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus hesperus) bat chases a moth over desert scrub, near Pine Creek (more…)


  • 08.12.17
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Full steam ahead! Discover how critical this steam-powered sawmill was to homestead families on the High Desert while seeing it in action. 11:00 am—3:00 pm   (more…)


  • 08.12.17
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Join artist and fish biologist Bruce Koike in making colorful fish prints! Learn the Japanese art of Gyotaku (which translates to “fish rubbing”) and use real fish to create beautiful artwork of your own. An afternoon session is available for teens and adults. All materials provided. Kids ages 6-12 11:00 am—12:00 pm Members $25, non-members (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

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7.23.17

Kids, Natural History, Wildlife

Scat and Tracks

The interesting messages animals leave behind and how to spot and interpret them.

7.27.17 -
8.26.17

Art, History

Art in the West

Annual exhibition and auction of exemplary Western art.

10.1.16 -
9.3.17

Art, History

From the Vault: Pat Courtney Gold Baskets

Beautiful baskets featuring traditional basketry techniques and contemporary design motifs created by Wasco artist Pat Courtney Gold.

1.28.17 -
9.10.17

History

WWII: The High Desert Home Front

Discover the role the region played in the war and the war’s local impact.

2.18.17 -
12.2.17

Art, Natural History

Legendary Landscapes

A community-curated photographic exhibit of High Desert landscapes and the stories behind their names.

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