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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.

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


  • 05.01.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! How does water move through a landscape? How do people use water? What lives in the Museum’s stream and pond? Explore the convergence of art and science through activities inspired by the exhibit Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and (more…)


  • 05.02.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! How does water move through a landscape? How do people use water? What lives in the Museum’s stream and pond? Explore the convergence of art and science through activities inspired by the exhibit Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and (more…)


  • 05.04.19
    9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Calling all families—learn about the Oregon spotted frog and how to keep our local watershed healthy in this interactive workshop. Conduct hands-on science and art activities. Take a field trip to an Oregon spotted frog habitat and participate in a stewardship project. This workshop is for children ages 7 to 10 and an adult caregiver. (more…)


  • 05.08.19
    7:00 am - 9:00 am

The Museum grounds host a diverse population of migrating songbirds. Come before we open to experience the serene pleasure of strolling for sparrows. Tour independently or join a wildlife curator or naturalist volunteer to help you identify the birds. Coffee, tea and pastries provided.  7:00 am — 9:00 am, doors open at 6:30 am $15, Members (more…)


  • 05.08.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Why do volcanoes erupt? Why does that rock float? What is so special about Smith Rock? Come on a geologic adventure and find out how our Earth changes through time. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks filled (more…)


  • 05.09.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Why do volcanoes erupt? Why does that rock float? What is so special about Smith Rock? Come on a geologic adventure and find out how our Earth changes through time. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks filled (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

9.8.18 -
7.14.19

Art, Natural History

Animal Journeys: Navigating in Nature

The High Desert Museum is pleased to present Animal Journeys: Navigating in Nature, an original exhibition exploring the navigational feats performed by wildlife.

10.27.18 -
2.17.19

Art, Natural History

Desert Mystic: Paintings by John Simpkins

John Simpkins personifies the tradition of the artist as a mystic and hermit as his paintings weave wildlife into dense, layered allegories.

1.26.19 -
4.7.19

Art, History

Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

Rick Bartow (1946-2016) is one of Oregon’s most celebrated Indigenous artists. Rick’s sculptures, paintings, drawings and prints are an eloquent exploration of his identity, and they remind us that identity is layered and complex.

Growing up otter

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