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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!


  • 11.20.21
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Through the stories of five Indigenous runners, Carrying Messages: Native Runners, Ancestral Homelands and Awakening highlights the historical significance of running in Native cultures in the Western United States and running as an expression of empowerment, sovereignty and cultural revitalization today. “Carrying Messages” is made possible with support from  (more…)

  • 11.22.21 - 11.24.21
    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. Three-day camps: $187.50, 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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