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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.

Education

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

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


  • 11.01.22
    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! NOVEMBER 1 – Book now Creatures of the Night Did you hear that? What is out (more…)


  • 11.07.22
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  Land management begins with soil. Healthy soils help address a range of ecological problems including erosion, water pollution and biodiversity loss. Join Dr. Shannon Cappellazzi, Director of Research at Go Seed, to learn how healthy soils can protect our environment, increase farm profits and bring joy to the next generation of farmers and gardeners. (more…)


  • 11.08.22
    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! NOVEMBER 8 – Book now Fish Tale What is it like to live a day in (more…)


  • 11.11.22
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

In honor of Veterans Day, we are proud to offer free admission all day to all United States Armed Forces veterans.  Made possible by   (more…)


  • 11.15.22
    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! NOVEMBER 15 – Book now Unbeatable Beaks Why are bird beaks the shape they are? Have (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

5.28.22 -
11.27.22

Art

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 -
1.8.23

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.

7.23.22 -
9.30.22

Art

Art in the West

Explore the annual juried exhibition and silent auction featuring traditional and contemporary art that celebrates the landscapes, wildlife, people, cultures and history of the High Desert.

Growing up otter

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