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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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Make an Impact

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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


  • 04.10.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! See nature in a whole new way. Bring your curiosity and find out how different natural objects look at a microscopic level. We’ll collect specimens and examine different textures, patterns and colors using a handheld digital microscope. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in (more…)


  • 04.11.19
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! See nature in a whole new way. Bring your curiosity and find out how different natural objects look at a microscopic level. We’ll collect specimens and examine different textures, patterns and colors using a handheld digital microscope. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in (more…)

Changing
Exhibits

9.8.18 -
7.14.19

Art, Natural History

Animal Journeys: Navigating in Nature

The High Desert Museum is pleased to present Animal Journeys: Navigating in Nature, an original exhibition exploring the navigational feats performed by wildlife.

10.27.18 -
2.17.19

Art, Natural History

Desert Mystic: Paintings by John Simpkins

John Simpkins personifies the tradition of the artist as a mystic and hermit as his paintings weave wildlife into dense, layered allegories.

1.26.19 -
4.7.19

Art, History

Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain

Rick Bartow (1946-2016) is one of Oregon’s most celebrated Indigenous artists. Rick’s sculptures, paintings, drawings and prints are an eloquent exploration of his identity, and they remind us that identity is layered and complex.

Growing up otter

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