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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

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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!


  • 06.09.19
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Don’t miss the final day of the exhibition created by fourth- and fifth-grade students from Bend’s Ensworth Elementary School! Kids Curate is a yearlong project that incorporates science and art culminating in an exhibit at the Museum. This year, students learned about the geology and natural ecosystems of Smith Rock to create drawings, sculptures and (more…)

  • 06.13.19
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Artists from Harmonic Laboratory, the award-winning art collective whose works are included in Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West, will discuss the value of interdisciplinary exploration and the importance of water in the High Desert. In this multimedia presentation, learn about the inspiration behind their installations, gain insights into their creative processes and explore the (more…)

  • 06.16.19
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 16 and the High Desert Museum welcomes dads with FREE admission! (more…)

  • 06.17.19
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

June 17 – 23 is National Pollinator Week! Come and celebrate by learning more about the pollinators upon which our local ecosystems and food system depend. FREE with Museum admission! (more…)

  • 06.22.19
    11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Full steam ahead! See the 1904 Lazinka Sawmill in action and discover how critical steam-powered sawmills were to homesteading families in the High Desert. FREE with Museum admission. (more…)


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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.

3.2.19 -

Art, Natural History

The Beauty of Wild Things: Charcoal Drawings by April Coppini

The Portland-based artist is known for breathing life into charcoal depictions of the wild inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest.

4.27.19 -

Art, Natural History

Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West

Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West weaves together science, history, art and contemporary issues to explore the role of water in the region’s past, present and future.

Growing up otter



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