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About the Museum

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Kids & Families

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Education

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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


  • 05.15.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Bobcats, lynxes, cougars…oh my! Let’s hide, stalk and pounce like the big cats in the wild. See up close what they eat and how they survive. 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 artifacts while (more…)


  • 05.16.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Bobcats, lynxes, cougars…oh my! Let’s hide, stalk and pounce like the big cats in the wild. See up close what they eat and how they survive. 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 artifacts while (more…)


  • 05.18.19
    7:00 am - 2:00 pm

Explore the great migration of the Swainson’s hawk as they return to Central Oregon from their wintering grounds in South America. Their arrival is timed with the emergence of Belding’s ground squirrels from hibernation. Join a wildlife curator for this trip to Fort Rock for a comprehensive look at this important predator-prey relationship and how (more…)


  • 05.22.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Buds are beginning to burst with the arrival of spring! Plants provide us with so much, including food and oxygen—plus, they are beautiful! Create your own flower press, make sun-prints and explore natural dyes. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on (more…)


  • 05.22.19
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Just how different are birds from us? Approaching bird behavior from surprising angles, bird expert Noah Stryker will explore the astonishing homing abilities of pigeons, extraordinary memories of nutcrackers, self-image in magpies, particle physics of starling flocks and other mysteries. Noah reveals why birds do what they do and how we can relate. The behaviors (more…)


  • 05.23.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Buds are beginning to burst with the arrival of spring! Plants provide us with so much, including food and oxygen—plus, they are beautiful! Create your own flower press, make sun-prints and explore natural dyes. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on (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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