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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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Make an Impact

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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


  • 12.23.21
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

It’s spacious, warm and wondrous inside the High Desert Museum! Thursday, December 23  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…)


  • 12.30.21
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

It’s spacious, warm and wondrous inside the High Desert Museum! Thursday, December 30  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 brew or bite. The Museum store, Silver Sage (more…)


  • 01.04.22
    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, January 4 High Desert Hibernation – CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW Not all animals (more…)


  • 01.06.22
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

It’s spacious, warm and wondrous inside the High Desert Museum! Thursday, January 6  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 brew or bite. The Museum store, Silver Sage (more…)


  • 01.08.22
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Join the Museum’s wildlife team to learn about and photograph the wildlife in our care. Experienced photographers will be available to assist participants with camera techniques for portrait-style and action photography opportunities with raptors and mammals. Participants are welcome to explore the fundamentals of their equipment during a preliminary virtual meeting on Friday, January 7 (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

9.18.21 -
5.8.22

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 -
1.9.22

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 -
4.3.22

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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