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About the Museum

Plan Your Visit

Check out current exhibits and daily programs, find directions, rates, hours and more.

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Kids & Families

Explore Together

Learn about kid-friendly exhibits, activities, camps and more.

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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

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!


  • 10.17.18
    9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Visitors 65 and older are invited to enjoy the Museum for free on this day of special programming. Made possible by (more…)

  • 10.18.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Nature journaling helps us pay attention to our surroundings. Come with a sense of wonder and learn how to document observations about the natural world by painting pictures and preserving textures. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks (more…)

  • 10.19.18
    9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Calling all educators, scientists and communications staff—join OMSI and High Desert Museum staff to learn evidence-based strategies for writing and talking about climate change in a productive and hopeful way. In this free one-day introduction to the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) you’ll learn the basics for framing productive conversations, practicing (more…)

  • 10.24.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Off to the ranch we go! Mrs. Miller needs help on her homestead this week—the chickens need to be fed and the coop needs to be checked for eggs! Conduct experiments and learn just how strong an egg is. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and (more…)

  • 10.25.18
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Game Show Mania Test your knowledge of the High Desert from animals to cultural history through fun old-school game shows like Family Feud, Double Dare, Let’s Make a Deal and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader. Games are not the only activity on the schedule. There will be crafts, exhibit visits and more! Offering (more…)


9.8.18 -

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.

9.22.18 -

Art, History

By Her Hand: Native American Women, Their Art, and the Photographs of Edward S. Curtis

By highlighting works of art created by Native women alongside Curtis’s photographs, this exhibition celebrates Indigenous artistic traditions that have existed for centuries and continue to thrive within Native communities today..

10.27.18 -

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.

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