Due to the weather, for the safety of the birds Raptors of the Desert Sky is canceled today, Tuesday, August 9. Learn about our avian flu precautions. 

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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!


  • 08.27.22
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

SAVE THE DATE! Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 27. The High Desert Museum’s signature fundraiser returns Saturday, August 27! This marks the 33rd High Desert Rendezvous, making it one of the longest-running fundraisers in Central Oregon. You don’t want to miss our annual celebration of the Museum’s mission to wildly excite and responsibly teach through (more…)

  • 09.08.22
    12:00 am - 8:00 pm

PLAYA Writing Intensive High Desert Museum Literary Series and the Writing Ranch present Lost in Place September 8 – 11, 2022 The Writing Ranch and the High Desert Museum are offering a unique weekend writing intensive at PLAYA, an arts and sciences residency campus located on Summer Lake, Oregon. Daily generative writing workshops, led by high desert writer and poet (more…)

  • 09.22.22
    5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

    Waterston Desert Writing Prize Award Ceremony Featuring Author Kevin Fedarko Join us for an evening of literary excellence. Kevin Fedarko, author of The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride In History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon, will speak about his current project in the Grand Canyon and his (more…)

  • 09.30.22
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Celebrate the last day of Art in the West! Mingle with participating artists, watch live demonstrations, and enjoy live music, food and libations. The exhibit and auction close at 7:00 pm. Auction winners who are present can take home their pieces starting at 8:00 pm. (more…)

  • 10.28.22
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

  5:00 pm – 9:00 pm, doors at 5:00 pm Food and drink available for purchase Café open 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm  $5, 16 and under free Location: High Desert Museum, 59800 US-97, Bend Tickets go on sale HERE Friday, September 23 at 9:00 am. Space is limited. Bend’s biggest little art show is (more…)


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Lair: Light and the Art of Stephen Hendee

Immerse yourself in a futuristic world of light and sound. The glowing, high-tech world of Stephen Hendee explores the spaces in which we live, both physically and virtually.

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History, Art

Imagine a World

In the original exhibit, the Museum examines efforts over the decades to create ideal societies throughout the Western United States—from the glass domes of Arizona’s Biosphere 2 to the infamous Rajneeshpuram of “Wild, Wild Country.”

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Art in the West

Explore the annual juried exhibition and silent auction featuring traditional and contemporary art that celebrates the landscapes, wildlife, people, cultures and history of the High Desert.

Growing up otter



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