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About the Museum

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

Kids & Families

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

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Education

Teach & Learn

Lifelong learning starts here! Explore teacher trainings, memorable field trips and unique school programs.

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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


  • 12.19.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Discover the beauty of winter as we use the great outdoors in the heart of winter as inspiration for our artwork this week. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks filled with exciting artifacts while journeying through the (more…)


  • 12.20.18
    10:00 am - 11:00 am

Come on an adventure! Discover the beauty of winter as we use the great outdoors in the heart of winter as inspiration for our artwork this week. Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers investigate science, art, music, stories, and culture in a fun, hands-on manner. Don backpacks filled with exciting artifacts while journeying through the (more…)


  • 12.26.18 - 12.28.18
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This Kids Camp is sold out. If you’d like to be on the waiting list, please fill out the form below. Science and Storybooks Imagine learning the magic behind Harry Potter’s experiments or exploring animals through Eric Carle. Through art, hands-on science and exploration, kids will use their imagination to create their own (more…)


  • 01.02.19 - 01.04.19
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm

This Kids Camp is sold out. If you’d like to be on the waiting list, please fill out the form below. Snow School Bundle up and get ready to play in the snow! There is no better way to learn about winter weather than through field investigation. Snowshoes, snow cones and snow globes (more…)


  • 01.08.19
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A long-term, ongoing research study in Central Oregon has provided important information about water availability in landscapes that are dominated by western juniper. Join Dr. Carlos Ochoa, assistant professor of watershed-riparian systems at Oregon State University, for a discussion of this tree, its impacts and potential solutions. 7:00 pm, doors open at 5:30 pm Food (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.

9.22.18 -
1.20.19

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 -
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.

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