On Tuesday, July 26, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Oregon Health Authority both recommended that vaccinated and unvaccinated people wear face coverings in all public indoor settings. The announcement is in response to an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.
In alignment with the recommendation, the Museum will as of Thursday, July 29 once again require face coverings indoors. Thank you for helping keep our community healthy and safe!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Museum has put additional procedures into place to keep our visitors safe and healthy. Read more about our protocols.
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.
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. 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. 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.
The Museum accepts Visa and Mastercard only.
We suggest that you allow at least two to three hours for your visit.