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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


  • 10.28.21
    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…)


  • 10.29.21
    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…)


  • 10.30.21
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Bend’s biggest little art show is back, presented by Bright Place Gallery. The High Desert Museum is honored to host this year’s $20 Art Show. This year promises to be bigger than ever featuring thousands of pieces of original art by over 100 local artists for the low, low price of $20 each. (more…)


  • 10.30.21
    5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Bend’s biggest little art show is back, presented by Bright Place Gallery. The Museum is honored to host this year’s $20 Art Show, featuring thousands of pieces of original art by over 100 local artists. Join us to celebrate with live music, food, drinks and $20 art. Costumes encouraged. Portions of the event will be (more…)


  • 11.01.21
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

  We return to McMenamins Old St. Francis School for this popular series! Fire can have dire consequences for those in its path. How can adaptations of forests in the face of natural disturbances be beneficial to biodiversity? Join Ariel Cowen, regional fire specialist, and Thomas D. Stokely, forestry and natural resources extension agent from (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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