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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


  •  05.06.24
     7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

When scientists study old growth trees and arboreal animals, they often need to grab their harnesses, ropes and carabiners to climb hundreds of feet up into the canopy. Yet this unique approach to data collection is often overshadowed by the scientific results that tree-climbing produces. Join Dr. (more…)


  •  05.11.24
     7:00 am - 9:00 am

  The Museum provides an excellent habitat for migratory bird species. Celebrate World Migratory Bird Day by joining Museum staff and volunteers to go birding on the Museum grounds, with a special opportunity to learn about our pollinator habitats and the importance of insects to migratory birds.  Coffee and light breakfast items provided.  7:00 am (more…)


  •  05.15.24
     6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Join us in a discussion with several Indigenous artists who will share their work and talk about ways that Indigenous artists are keeping vibrant artistic traditions alive through traditional and contemporary artistic mediums. Artists will include Kelli D. Palmer (Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs), Jacy Sohappy (Cayuse/Nez Perce/Yakama) and Dr. Michelle Jack (sqilxʷ /syilx (Okanagan). Wednesday, May 15 (more…)


  •  05.24.24
     9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Kids Curate exhibition opens at the High Desert Museum on May 24! This year the Neighborhood and Dual Immersion 4th graders at Bear Creek Elementary School focused on water and its importance to the many people, animals, and plants of the High Desert. Come enjoy the student’s watercolor artworks based on what they learned (more…)

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Exhibits

3.2.24 -
1.12.25

Art, History

Sensing Sasquatch

Native peoples of the Plateau have long known about, encountered, depicted and told stories about Sasquatch. Sensing Sasquatch explores Sasquatch’s past, present and future in the High Desert region through an Indigenous lens. Works by five Indigenous artists will be on view, including: Phillip Cash Cash, Ph.D. (Nez Perce, Cayuse), HollyAnna CougarTracks DeCoteau Littlebull (Yakama, Nez Perce, Cayuse, Cree), Charlene “Tillie” Moody (Warm Springs), Frank Buffalo Hyde (Nez Perce, Onondaga) and Rocky LaRock (Salish).

1.13.24 -
4.28.24

Photography, Art, History

Timber Culture

Timber Culture is a traveling exhibition curated by the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center. It tells the story of Maxville—a segregated logging town that boomed in Oregon’s Wallowa County during the 1920s and 1930s. The exhibition’s historical images document the lives of the town’s 400 residents and explore stories of race, labor and leisure. Both candid and documentary, the exhibition provides a glimpse into an essential part of Oregon’s history.

12.8.23 -
4.7.24

Photography, Art, History

Andy Warhol's Endangered Species: From the Collections of Jordan Schnitzer and his Family Foundation

Andy Warhol’s Endangered Species will showcase the Pop Art icon’s complete Endangered Species series (1983), as well as select works from Warhol’s Skull series, Vanishing Animals series and one of Warhol’s iconic Marilyn Monroe works. The Endangered Species portfolio was commissioned by art dealers Ronald and Frayda Feldman of the Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York City in 1983, 10 years after the Endangered Species Act was signed into law. This exhibition is a key component in the Museum’s yearlong recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.

11.11.23 -
7.7.24

History

Endangered in the High Desert

It’s been 50 years since Congress passed the Endangered Species Act (ESA), a law that aims to protect vulnerable species from extinction. The ESA is often associated with the 1990 listing of the northern spotted owl. But there are other species in the High Desert, some lesser known, that face the threat of extinction, including the whitebark pine, the pygmy rabbit and the Oregon spotted frog. Visit the Museum’s new exhibit Endangered in the High Desert to explore the past, present and future of this region’s endangered species.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services named the High Desert Museum as one of six recipients of the 2021 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities.

The Museum was recognized for providing dynamic programming and services through community outreach, working to create programs that offer rich educational programming and expand museum access. 

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