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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.

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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


  • 02.03.22
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

It’s spacious, warm and wondrous inside the High Desert Museum! Thursday, February 3 Adults $10, children ages 3-12 $6 Members always free! Join us after hours to see the latest exhibitions and enjoy a safe night out. Rimrock Café will be open for folks to grab a brew or bite. The Museum store, Silver Sage (more…)


  • 02.07.22
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Registration will open on Tuesday, January 11.   Among the most iconic of High Desert species, mule deer have suffered dramatic declines in recent years. Join state biologists Corey Heath and Andrew Walch to learn about the complex factors influencing deer abundance and their work to sustain deer populations in the region. This event is (more…)


  • 02.08.22
    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! Tuesday, February 8 Winter Impressions – CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW Experience the beauty of (more…)


  • 02.10.22
    4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

It’s spacious, warm and wondrous inside the High Desert Museum! Thursday, February 10 Adults $10, children ages 3-12 $6 Members always free! Join us after hours to see the latest exhibitions and enjoy a safe night out. Rimrock Café will be open for folks to grab a brew or bite. The Museum store, Silver Sage (more…)


  • 02.10.22
    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    (more…)


  • 02.12.22
    11:00 am - 1:00 pm

What if you had to wait weeks for someone to receive a text message? That’s what Annie Miller did in 1904. She wrote letters to distant loved ones and eagerly awaited their reply. Join Annie as she reads from her letters, sharing tidbits from her life on a High Desert ranch. Free with Museum admission (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

9.18.21 -
5.8.22

Natural History, Art

X-Ray Vision: Fish Inside Out

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.

10.16.21 -
1.9.22

Art, Natural History

Rethinking Fire

Across the American West, drought, dense forests and extreme weather exacerbated by climate change are contributing to catastrophic fires. Artist Bryan David Griffith has found inspiration from fires to pose valuable questions in the exhibition "Rethinking Fire."

11.2.21 -
4.3.22

History, Art

Carrying Messages: Native Runners, Ancestral Homelands and Awakening

The exhibit highlights the historical significance of running in Native cultures in the Western United States and the ways that some Native people today are drawing on running as a means of empowerment, sovereignty and cultural revitalization.

Growing up otter

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