This unique museum reveals the West’s High Desert region through artful exhibits, alluring animals, engaging programs and meaningful history. Whether you’re a local or planning to visit Bend, Oregon, discover why we’re a top-rated Thing to Do in Bend by TripAdvisor!
The Museum is just 5 minutes south of Bend or 10 minutes north of Sunriver on Highway 97, but it feels like stepping into a different time and place. Get close-up views of native wildlife such as river otters, porcupines and birds of prey. See art through a different lens. Chat with historic characters who’ll share tales of life at the turn of the 20th century. Visit an authentic homestead and sawmill from 1904. Learn about Native American cultures, and delight your children with one of many fun, hands-on programs. You’ll be glad you came!
During the summer months, the Museum offers airline-style crates for small- to medium-sized dogs, where your dog can relax and cool off in the parking and picnic area. Water is available – be sure to bring a bowl. Contact Admissions for a crate key and lock to secure your pet. Please note that Museum personnel do not monitor the crates – your dog is your responsibility.
Face coverings are now optional at the High Desert Museum.
We continue to regularly monitor state and federal agencies to ensure we’re following the most recent guidelines. Present CDC guidance recommends tracking the county’s community COVID-19 level here in making decisions about wearing face coverings. Thank you for helping us support community health!
From the Bird of Prey Encounter to the return of the popular Carnivore Talk presentation, our Daily Schedule has you covered. Space is limited. Please inquire at Admissions when you arrive. Enjoy a snack or lunch at the Rimrock Café! You can still find a great gift at Silver Sage Trading. Please bring a reusable water bottle as well. You can refill onsite to stay hydrated! Water bottles are also available onsite for purchase.
Rimrock Café is open daily from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.
Silver Sage Trading is open daily from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm.
Click here for more information about the Daily Schedule.
Hours & Rates
Advance tickets are available through August 31, 2022. Please check back for updates. Advance tickets are not required and there is plenty of space to walk in!
If you’re not yet a member, now’s a great time to become one! Membership includes exclusive invitations to special events, unlimited admission to the Museum for a full year, and discounts on programs and in the Museum store and Rimrock Café. Click here to join!
Closed for 4th of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
April 1 – October 31 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Senior (65 plus): $17
College Student (with I.D.): $17
Child (ages 3-12): $12
2 and younger free
November 1 – March 31 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Senior (65 plus): $15
College Student (with I.D.): $15
Child (ages 3-12): $11
2 and younger free
Active U.S. military and families are free, with identification. Click here for more information about the Blue Star Museums program.
Stroller and wheelchair rentals free
AAA Discount. We offer a 10% AAA discount on daily admission with a valid AAA membership card.
Military Discount. Veterans and retired military personnel with government ID receive 10% off their family admission.
Museums for All. Guests with an Electronics Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and photo ID receive a reduced admission rate of $2.00 per person, offered for up to six individuals (up to two adults and four children) and is valid during normal business hours only.
These discounts do not apply to Annual Memberships.
We suggest that you allow at least two to three hours for your visit.