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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.

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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!


  • 12.19.22 - 12.23.22
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Museum offers an extra special camp experience during the deep months of winter. Camps provide hands-on fun for your child when school is out for the holidays. Offering K-1st grade and 2nd-3rd grade camp experiences. 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (flexible drop off window 8:30 am – 9:00 am) If you have any questions, (more…)

  • 12.22.22
    4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Solstice Social Thursday, December 22 Adults $10, 12 and under $6 Members always free! Take a break from the year-end hubbub with a special night at the Museum! Join us after hours to explore the new exhibition Under the Snow. A meal, snack or beverage await in the Rimrock Café, and the Museum store will (more…)

  • 12.29.22
    4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Après Snow Thursday, December 29 Adults $10, 12 and under $6 Members always free! Doing snowplay during the day? Join us this evening at the Museum! Checking out the new exhibition Under the Snow is the perfect way to wrap up adventures, along with a snack and beverage from the Rimrock Café. The Museum store (more…)

  • 01.01.23
    8:00 am

The High Desert Museum begins accepting submissions for the 2023 Waterston Desert Writing Prize. The Prize honors creative nonfiction that illustrates artistic excellence, sensitivity to place and desert literacy, with the desert as both subject and setting. The submission deadline is May 1, 2023. The Prize winner will receive a $3,000 cash award and a (more…)

  • 01.08.23
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

  Don’t miss the final day of the traveling exhibit curated by Artworks for Change. The exhibition explores adaptable and sustainable housing in the age of climate change. The design innovations featured in the exhibit—high-tech and low-tech, extravagant and affordable—can help individuals survive during turbulent times. By combining science, technology, architecture and art, Survival Architecture encourages us (more…)


5.28.22 -


Lair: Light and the Art of Stephen Hendee

Immerse yourself in a futuristic world of light and sound. The glowing, high-tech world of Stephen Hendee explores the spaces in which we live, both physically and virtually.

10.15.22 -

Natural History, Science, Art

Survival Architecture

What does home mean to you? The question lies at the center of the new exhibit coming to the High Desert Museum. It features the ideas of artists, designers and engineers looking to the future and considering what human shelters might look like in the face of challenges like climate change.

11.19.22 -

Art, History

In the Arena

Through the lens of San Francisco Bay Area photographer Gabriela Hasbun, this exhibit documents the exhilarating atmosphere of the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo—the only touring Black rodeo in the country—and the showstopping style and skill of the Black cowboys and cowgirls who compete in it year after year.

Growing up otter



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