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the Museum
Learn more From engaging exhibits such as "Dam It! Beavers & Us" to the outdoor flight show Raptors of the Desert Sky, summer is filled with wonder at the Museum. High Desert Museum Tickets
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National Medal!
We are thrilled and honored to announce that we won the 2021 National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services! It's all about community. High Desert Museum Learn more
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Mule deer are an iconic part of the High Desert. Go on a virtual field trip to better understand our responsibility to the mule deer and what they need to thrive. High Desert Museum Field Trip
Habitat interactive Celebrate the
Mighty Beaver
Learn more Meet the rockstar engineer of riparian and aquatic habitats, the North American beaver! The dynamic exhibit will give you a new perspective of this continent's largest rodent. High Desert Museum
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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.


Teach & Learn

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

Join the HDM Family

Make an Impact

Volunteer, become a member or donate to support arts, education, wildlife and more.

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!


  • 07.08.21
    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A quieter time for children and adults who experience physical, intellectual and/or social disabilities to enjoy the High Desert Museum after hours. Explore the Museum’s newest exhibits and revisit your favorites. Free for individuals, friends and family   Made possible by   With support from Mark and Kathy Kralj (more…)

  • 07.12.21 - 07.16.21
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

JULY 12 – 16  K-1st: Buzzing and Blossoming – This camp is sold out. Complete the waiting list form here. Discover the amazing world of pollinators! Investigate their astounding variety and importance while exploring their life cycles, habitats and the flowers they pollinate. Create pollinator-inspired art and music. You’ll “bee” an expert in all things pollination after (more…)

  • 07.15.21
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The Guardians is a visually dazzling meditation on the delicate balance between humans and the rest of nature. This documentary interweaves the lives of monarch butterflies with a community in Mexico. Both depend on the same ancient forest for their survival and face an uncertain future. Gain a new perspective on the ecological challenges facing (more…)

  • 07.18.21
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  Join us for the final day of the exhibition Cosmic Microscapes: Seeing into Rocks from Oregon and Space. This exhibition blends art and science to reveal the breathtaking beauty of meteorites—rocks from space! University of Washington geochemist and meteoricist Dr. Tony Irving and photographer Neil Buckland combined forces to create extreme macroscopic, panoramic photographs (more…)

  • 07.19.21 - 07.23.21
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

JULY 19 – 23  K-1st: Magic of the High Desert – This camp is sold out. Complete the waiting list form here. Magic isn’t just in books. It’s all around you! Learn about the beauty, science and magic of the High Desert. Make a fairy garden for small animals to enjoy, explore how native plants can be used as (more…)

  • 07.26.21 - 07.30.21
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

JULY 26 – 30  K-1st: Five Senses – This camp is sold out. Complete the waiting list form here. Can you find your way along a trail just by using your sense of smell? Or figure out what an object is by using your sense of touch? This week you will taste, smell, hear, feel and see! Learn (more…)


5.22.21 -

Art, Natural History

In Time's Hum

Go on a deep exploration of the art, intricacy and importance of pollination by visual artist jasna guy and entomologist Lincoln Best.

1.30.21 -

Natural History, Art

Dam It! Beavers and Us

Explore an important member of the order Rodentia and the interrelationship of people, beavers and the landscape.

3.6.21 -

Science, Art

Cosmic Microscapes

What do ancient pieces of cooled magma from the Moon and Mars have in common with samples from an eruption of Oregon’s Lava Butte only 7,000 years ago? Discover the hidden art of igneous rocks from Oregon and other planets in our solar system in a Museum exhibit.

Spirit of
the West
Learn More Experience the vibrant history of the West as you explore its people, their challenges and successes. Permanent Exhibits
By Hand
Through Memory
Permanent Exhibits Discover the journey of the Plateau Indian Nations as they traveled from reservation confinement to the 21st century. Learn More
Miller Family
Permanent Exhibits Living historians bring 1904 to life as they maintain the cabin, barn, willow corral and sawmill and care for their animals. Learn More
Donald M. Kerr
Birds of
Prey Center
Permanent Exhibits See some of nature’s most spectacular aerial predators up close: owls, hawks, eagles, falcons and vultures. Learn More
Otter Exhibit
Permanent Exhibits Our three river otters define “play” in their newly-renovated exhibit. Learn More
Desertarium Permanent Exhibits View High Desert reptiles, amphibians, spiders and burrowing owls. Learn More Galleries Changing Exhibits Temporary exhibits on art, history, nature and culture. Learn More
Growing up otter



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