Wearing face coverings, whether made of cloth or paper, remains a requirement for Museum visitors indoors and outdoors, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated. Paper face coverings are available at Admissions. Those younger than age 2 will not be expected to wear a face covering.
Face shields are not an acceptable form of face covering at the Museum, in alignment with the Oregon Health Authority’s recommendations. Face shields are only accepted when the visitor has a medical condition that prevents them from wearing a face covering or when visitors need to see mouth motions in order to communicate (i.e. for communicating with people with hearing impairments).
Staff are also required to wear face coverings both in front of and behind the scenes. An exception is wildlife curators when they are in close contact with certain animals, in which case they will physical distance from others.
Another reason we ask you to wear face coverings: to protect the otters in our care. A number of domestic and wild animals around the world have tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, including otters.
Thank you for wearing face coverings — together, we can all help keep each other healthy.
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!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum has put new procedures into place to keep our visitors safe and healthy. Face coverings are required for all visitors and staff. Read more about our protocols.
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.
From the two Bird of Prey Encounters to the new Wolves in the High Desert presentation, our hourly talks have 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. The Museum store is open with safety modifications in place, such as capacity limits. 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
Timed entry tickets are available through August 31, 2021. Please check back for updates. Time 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): $14
College Student (with I.D.): $14
Child (ages 3-12): $10
2 and younger free
November 1 – March 31 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Senior (65 plus): $12
College Student (with I.D.): $12
Child (ages 3-12): $9
2 and younger free
Active U.S. military and families are free, with identification but with our new timed ticket entry system, those visitors must call ahead and reserve the tickets in advance. One week advanced notice is recommended. Please call our Admissions office at 541-382-4754 ext. 271. 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.
Blue Star Museums Discount. Free admission for all active duty, National Guard and Reserve military personnel and up to five family members with identification. With our new timed ticket entry system, those visitors must call ahead and reserve the tickets in advance. One week advanced notice is recommended. Please call our Admissions office at 541-382-4754.
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. With our timed ticket entry system, we ask those visitors to call ahead and reserve the tickets in advance. One week advanced notice is recommended.
These discounts do not apply to Annual Memberships.
The Museum accepts Visa and Mastercard only.
We suggest that you allow at least two to three hours for your visit.