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About the Museum

Plan Your Visit

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

Kids & Families

Explore Together

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


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

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!


  •  06.17.23
     11:00 am - 7:30 pm
  •  06.18.23
     11:00 am - 5:00 pm

  Celebrate Central Oregon’s third annual Juneteenth with The Father’s Group, High Desert Museum and many other partners at Drake Park in downtown Bend. Enjoy entertainment, music, food and activities for the entire family.  FREE At Drake Park 777 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend Learn more: juneteenthcentralor.com                  (more…)

  •  06.20.23
     10:30 am - 4:00 pm

  It’s summertime again at the High Desert Ranch and there is much to be done! You’re invited to lend a helping hand to these hardworking homesteaders. Each week this summer, the Ranch will focus on a unique aspect of High Desert life in 1904. Occupations of the High Desert Like today, non-Indigenous settlers of (more…)

  •  07.04.23
     9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Museum is closed on Tuesday, July 4 for the Independence Day holiday.   (more…)

  •  07.08.23
     9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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 the Wyoming Basin and Colorado Plateau. The entire collection will be on exhibit (more…)


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Art, History

Vistas del Cielo

Walk through the vibrant world of artist Justin Favela! In his original High Desert Museum exhibit Vistas del Cielo, he celebrates the history of Latinx vaqueros—his own family history—through bright piñata materials and large-scale installations. He offers an immersive experience that is joyful for the entire family.

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Culture, Art, History

Creations of Spirit

"Creations of Spirit" is a one-of-a-kind, celebratory experience featuring the stories of living works of art from seven Indigenous artists. Videos, audio and large projections will immerse visitors in the landscapes and communities in which these objects are used, highlighting the theme of artwork as alive, full of stories and created for specific purposes and people.

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Art, History

In the Arena

Through the lens of San Francisco Bay Area photographer Gabriela Hasbun, this exhibit documents the exhilarating atmosphere of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo—the only touring Black rodeo in the country—and the showstopping style and skill of the Black cowboys and cowgirls who compete in it year after year.

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. 

Growing up otter



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