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This one-of-a kind Museum reveals the nature of things in the West’s High Desert through artful exhibits, alluring animals, engaging programs and meaningful history. Otters, porcupines, owls, oh my! Encounter wildlife up close at the High Desert Museum, explore the history and culture of this vast region and take in beautiful art.
The High Desert Museum is a cultural gem that has been inspiring families since 1982 and is consistently rated as a top Central Oregon attraction by Trip Advisor. With 135 acres and more than 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, it’s a “must see” for anyone traveling through the area.
Get a close-up of native wildlife, such as an otter, burrowing owl, porcupine and badger. Talk with historic characters who share the tales of early Oregon explorers and settlers. Visit an authentic homestead and sawmill from 1904. Experience a close flying encounter with owls, falcons, hawks and even a vulture. Learn about Native American culture and history and delight your children with one of many fun, hands-on programs that bring history and science to life.
The High Desert Museum is located just five minutes south of Bend, Oregon on Hwy 97 and includes a Museum store and café. Open every day except the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
High Desert Museum provides the perfect rental venue for a wonderfully memorable special event, whether it be a wedding, Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah, family reunion, anniversary party, corporate party, trade show or conference.
Weddings & Receptions
Begin your “happily ever after” with a wedding and reception in the serene setting of the High Desert Museum. There is simply no other place like it. Choose from a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces, including exhibit halls, for your special day. From set up and tear down to rehearsals and attendants, our wedding package will address all your needs. We were voted the Best Museum or Arts Venue Outside Portland by Oregon Bride Magazine in 2017, 2018 and 2019!