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About the Museum

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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


  • 10.07.21
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

  This year, our annual Teachers’ Night Out event is going virtual! Join us over Zoom to hear from community organizations in Central Oregon about what they have planned to help support teachers and students during this school year. A representative from each organization will give a short, engaging presentation on ways they can support (more…)


  • 10.12.21
    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, October 12 – My First Nature Journal Nature journaling helps us pay attention (more…)


  • 10.15.21
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Celebrate the opening of Rethinking Fire, a traveling exhibition by contemporary artist and photographer Bryan David Griffith. In 2014, a wildfire that threatened Griffith’s home and studio inspired explorations in painting, sculpture and installation using the primal mediums of wood and fire itself. His award-winning work led to this solo exhibition, which delves into issues (more…)


  • 10.16.21
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Rethinking Fire explores the ecological role of fire and the human impacts on forests amid a changing climate and the rise of intense wildfires. Artist Bryan David Griffith uses fire itself to create original paintings, sculptures and site-specific installations, transforming the gallery into a visually stunning, reflective space. Commentary from leading scholars in the fields (more…)


  • 10.16.21
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Celebrate the last day of Art in the West! Mingle with participating artists doing plein air demonstrations while enjoying live music and café specialties. The exhibit and auction close at 3:00 pm. Auction winners who are present can take home their pieces starting at 4:00 pm. FREE with Museum admission! (more…)


  • 10.19.21
    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, October 19 – Chicken Chatter Off to the ranch we go! Feed the (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

9.18.21 -
3.6.22

Natural History, Art

X-Ray Vision

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.

1.30.21 -
10.3.21

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.

7.29.21 -
10.16.21

Art

Art in the West

Art in the West is an annual juried exhibition and silent auction featuring traditional and contemporary art that celebrates the landscapes, wildlife, people, cultures and history of the High Desert—a region that stretches from the eastern slope of the Cascades and Sierras to the Wyoming Basin and Colorado Plateau and Northern Arizona to southeastern British Columbia.

Growing up otter

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