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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!


  • 10.19.21
    5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

  Join local experts Erin MacDonald, trusts and estates attorney for Karnopp Petersen LLP, and Julie Gregory, senior philanthropic advisor for Oregon Community Foundation, online to learn about innovative ways to structure your philanthropic giving to support the High Desert Museum and other charities during your lifetime or in your estate plan. This is a (more…)

  • 10.20.21
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visitors 65 and older are invited to enjoy the Museum for free on this day with special programing. The Museum will also be open to the general public.  Made possible by           With support from (more…)

  • 10.21.21
    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 and (more…)

  • 10.23.21
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Calling all ghouls and goblins! Celebrate Halloween at the Museum. Hear tales that make you tremble. Uncover myths about not-so wicked wildlife. Visit the Miller family and explore their favorite spooky traditions from the early 20th century. Costumes encouraged. 10:00 am — 1:00 pm Free with admission     (more…)

  • 10.26.21
    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 26 – Creatures of the Night Did you hear that? What was (more…)

  • 10.27.21
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Now offering camps for elementary students on no-school days this fall!  9:00 am – 3:00 pm (flexible drop off window 8:30 am – 9:00 am) All camps this session are K—5th If you have any questions, please call the Education Team at 541-382-4754 ext. 320. One-day camps: $62.50, Members receive 20% discount Extended Care: 3:00 (more…)


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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.

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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.

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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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