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About the Museum

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

Kids & Families

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


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Lifelong learning starts here! Explore teacher trainings, memorable field trips and unique school programs.

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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!


  • 12.06.21
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    The glaciers in Oregon are rapidly changing, like most in the rest of the world. Join Portland State glaciologist, Andrew Fountain, to learn about glacier changes in Oregon and the western U.S. and how they may relate to glaciers elsewhere, including Greenland and Antarctica. This Natural History Pub is taking place at the (more…)

  • 12.07.21
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

  Come on an adventure! Children ages 3-5* and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks filled with exciting objects while journeying through the Museum’s nature trails and exhibits. New themes weekly! Tuesday, December 7 Fire and Art Tour the aftermath of the prescribed burn at (more…)

  • 12.08.21
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

  Museum Members, please join us online! Executive Director Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D., will talk about what’s next for the Museum. Wildlife staff will also offer insight into animals in the Museum’s care. This is a virtual event and when registered, you will receive an email with login instructions by Wednesday, December 8 at 12:00 pm. (more…)

  • 12.09.21
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

  Attention Museum members! Ideal gifts await, and during this time members receive 15 percent off! Those coming to exclusively shop at Silver Sage Trading may enter for free. Check in at Admissions. Sale ends Thursday, December 9.   (more…)

  • 12.09.21
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

It’s spacious, warm and wondrous inside the High Desert Museum! Thursday, December 9  Adults $10, children ages 3-12 $6 Members always free! Join us after hours to see the latest exhibitions and enjoy a safe night out. Rimrock Café will be open for folks to grab a treat. The Museum store, Silver Sage Trading, will (more…)

  • 12.11.21
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Winter can be a cold, dark time in the High Desert. Join the Millers as they get ready for and celebrate the season. Learn what goes into getting ready for winter on a homestead. The Millers will share how they keep the cabin cozy during the winter months, including sharing a recipe to make at (more…)


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Natural History, Art

X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out

When many of us think of X-rays, we think of peering beneath the skin to detect an illness or injury. Imagine using the technology to see into vertebrates with the goal of learning evolutionary stories.

10.16.21 -

Art, Natural History

Rethinking Fire

Across the American West, drought, dense forests and extreme weather exacerbated by climate change are contributing to catastrophic fires. Artist Bryan David Griffith has found inspiration from fires to pose valuable questions in the exhibition "Rethinking Fire."

11.2.21 -

History, Art

Carrying Messages: Native Runners, Ancestral Homelands and Awakening

The exhibit highlights the historical significance of running in Native cultures in the Western United States and the ways that some Native people today are drawing on running as a means of empowerment, sovereignty and cultural revitalization.

Growing up otter



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