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Visit the Artists’ Gallery in Sunriver to see how our many talented artists have been inspired! Located in the Village in Sunriver, the Artists’ Gallery displays approachable fine art, by local creative artists in a variety of mediums. This website shows samples of each artists’ work. Not all items on this website are for sale in the gallery. However, there are always lots of new artworks in the gallery.
We invite you to enjoy Central Oregon’s rich artistic culture—visit our art galleries! Experience art in the Old Mill District, Downtown Bend and Second Street, during our monthly First Friday Gallery Walk, and visit us all throughout the month. Be sure to check-out the Old Ironworks District on Last Saturday.
The First Friday Gallery Walk was created by the Bend Gallery Association over 20 years ago as a way to acquaint the community to the galleries. It has grown into a city-wide cultural event with many businesses joining in the fun. Galleries in downtown Bend and the Old Mill District kick-off their monthly shows on the First Friday of every month with an opening, inviting the public. Plan on making it a part of your monthly entertainment plan!
Pick up a Bend Gallery Association Gallery Guide at any gallery and in brochure racks throughout Central Oregon.
We invite you to enjoy Central Oregon’s rich artistic culture—visit our art galleries! Experience art in the Old Mill District, Downtown Bend and Second Street, during our monthly First Friday Gallery Walk, and visit us all throughout the month. Be sure to check-out the Old Ironworks District on Last Saturday. The First Friday Gallery Walk was created by the Bend Gallery Association over 20 years ago as […]
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The Deschutes Historical Museum is you you can Explore life along the obsidian routes with the native people who passed along the Deschutes river and fur trapping with early explorers; see the logging and railroad barons racing to settle the last open spaces among the Ponderosa Pine forests; meet the pioneers of Deschutes County who settled along the river and raised their children, grew their crops or started businesses and prospered. Explore this and more inside the historic Reid School.
The Deschutes Historical Society is an organization “to gather, preserve and make available museum, library and other historical material relating to the history of Central Oregon…”. It was incorporated August 4, 1975. When plans were being made for the National Bicentennial Celebration in 1975 it was felt that Deschutes County needed a historical society, so the Bend Chapter of the American Association of University Women sponsored the organization.
Artifacts were soon being donated to the society and the need of a location was evident. Several possibilities were considered. Reid School, which was built in 1914 and is on the National Register of Historic Sites, was to be no longer used as a school. The Historical Society wanted to have the building for their home, many of the local citizens felt that Reid School should be preserved instead of destroyed, and the County Court felt that the building should be saved and used as a museum. After much negotiating, the county traded land to the Bend School District for the building and the grounds and in March 1979 the Historical Society assumed the responsibility for establishing and operating a museum and historic center.
Step back in time to Oregon’s homestead era of the early 1900s at the Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum!
The Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum is a display of preserved and protected homestead-era structures that have been moved from their original locations to the museum site just west of the town of Fort Rock. The buildings and structures have been renovated for entry and furnished in early 1900s decor so visitors can experience what life was like in eastern Oregon before electricity arrived. A village has been created including period homes, school, church, store, garden and more. Vintage farm equipment and a blacksmith shop creates a sense of hard labor of the time. A self-guided tour offers visitors this unique setting.
Many dub Fort Rock a ghost town and the cemetery is haunted according to local lore. Nestled at the base of Fort Rock, you’ll find the resting place of many pioneers of the area. The Fort Rock Cemetery is the eternal home to those who have coveted living in the area, those who struggled to make and enjoy a life here. This century gone natural setting is nothing fancy, nothing ordinary. The wind seems to always howl, take a walk through and discover legendary Fort Rock history. Some say the windy existence has created shadowy spirits spiraling about in the night. It has been recognized legendary cowboy, Reub Long’s ghost has been seen riding his horse around the grounds! Darkness brings solitude and imagination. Noted as one of the most haunted places in the Northwest, you decide. It’s personal!
Supporters describe the museum rich and alive with Oregon’s homestead time, a great way to relive history. Children and adults alike can learn from this special experience! The museum is managed strictly by volunteers. Reviews are extraordinary.
Open Summer Season from Memorial Day to Sept 10
Thursday – Sunday
11 AM – 5 PM
Last tour 4:30 pm
Admission: $5. Adults; $3. children 12 & under; 5 and under free!
Visit the gift store at The Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum. There you can shop tax-free for t-shirts, souvenirs, many publications and books of history of homesteaders, the area, wildlife and more!
Fort Rock is located 70 miles southeast of Bend, Oregon, and 45 miles southeast of La Pine, Oregon just off highway 31.
Fort Rock Homestead Village Museum it is a fascinating place to visit!
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, 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!
The High Desert Museum 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, bobcat, 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 Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Hood Avenue Art Gallery is a premier art destination in Sisters, the wild west storefront town in Central Oregon. It includes a unique blend of contemporary and traditional fine art showcasing the work of 20 regional artists. They include exhibiting painters: Katherine Taylor, Winnie Givot, Kathleen Keliher, Patty Freeman-Martin and Joann Burgess. Also exhibiting are ceramics by Mitch and Michelle Deaderick and Tina Brockway, as well as jewelry designed by Elyse and Steven Douglas.
The art is reflective of the landscape and expression of the images, thoughts and sensations of the artists who interprets our unique High Desert culture. They are supported by a list of other talented artists, offering sculpture, fine woodwork, textiles, water features and metalwork.
The Hood Avenue Art Gallery displays its constantly rotating exhibits in a beautiful open space, allowing the viewer to participate in a sense of inspiration and creative conversation. Live music and refreshments help make every Fourth Friday of each month a classy experience. Hood Avenue Art presents a Spring Salon Series of performance art and literary discussion. Classes in fine art are available; more information is posted on our website, www.hoodavenueart.com.
Hood Avenue Art Gallery is located at 357 Hood Avenue, on the corner of Pine St and Hood Avenue in the Hood Avenue Art District in Sisters OR. Nestled at the base of the Cascade mountains, lakes, rivers, hiking trails and ski resorts offer visitors many outdoor adventures. Enjoy the friendly intimate setting at Hood Avenue Art Gallery while visiting with the artists that staff the Gallery. It provides a fun, informative day for the entire family.
Hood Avenue Art Gallery is a premier art destination in Sisters, the wild west storefront town in Central Oregon. It includes a unique blend of contemporary and traditional fine art showcasing the work of 20 regional artists. They include exhibiting painters: Katherine Taylor, Winnie Givot, Kathleen Keliher, Patty Freeman-Martin and Joann Burgess. Also exhibiting are […]
The interpretive hub for the Newberry National Volcanic Monument located at the base of Lava Butte. The visitor center includes a bookstore, educational films, a 3D map of the area and rangers on hand ready and willing to talk to about the geological wonders of Lava Lands and the expansive monument.
Right outside the visitor center, enjoy a self-guided tour of the 7,000 year old lava flow formed by Lava Butte’s eruption. There’s informational plaques throughout, including one that highlights a unique piece of American history: Astronauts trained there in 1966 to prepare for the upcoming moon landings.
You can hike up to the top of the butte for some amazing views of the surrounding area, but be careful because there’s no trail. You have to walk up the road, which, at times, can be congested.
The interpretive hub for the Newberry National Volcanic Monument located at the base of Lava Butte. The visitor center includes a bookstore, educational films, a 3D map of the area and rangers on hand ready and willing to talk to about the geological wonders of Lava Lands and the expansive monument. Right outside the visitor […]
Nowhere epitomizes Bend’s transformation from a sleepy lumber town to a world-class travel destination like the Old Mill District.
Once home to two of the largest ponderosa pine sawmill operations on the plant, the Old Mill District now boasts more than 55 restaurants, shops, art galleries and boutique fitness studios nestled alongside the Deschutes River. Paved running and bike paths hug both sides of the river – the trails are part of the larger Deschutes River Trail network – making the area popular with both visitors and locals alike.
While shopping and dining options anchor the Old Mill District on the east side of the Deschutes – the area has an eclectic mix of local, regional and national retail shops – the west side of the river is highlighted by the scenic Les Schwab Amphitheater. The state’s largest outdoor concert venue, the LSA plays host to more than a dozen shows each summer, drawing acts as large as Paul Simon, Jack Johnson and the Dave Matthews Band and as diverse as The Roots, the Avett Brothers and Tenacious D. Approximately 8,000 fans can fit into the amphitheater, which features an all-grass infield and spectacular views of the Cascade Range to the west.
Runners and cyclists aren’t the only outdoor enthusiasts to take advantage of the Old Mill District’s charms. A small armada of floaters, kayakers and canoers can usually be found on the Deschutes during the summer and fall months as they make their way down to the new Bend Whitewater Park.
History buffs can take pleasure in the various buildings and former sawmill equipment the Old Mill District has restored and upcycled. Eleven original buildings still sit within the district, including the mill’s former powerhouse and its three iconic smokestacks. Additionally, interpretive panels throughout the district mark areas of significant historical importance.
With its location right in the heart of Bend, the Old Mill District also holds numerous community events throughout the year. The Bend Brewfest is scheduled for the third weekend of August every summer in the Les Schwab Amphitheater, OSU-Cascades holds its graduation at the Amphitheater every June, and Santa flies into the Old Mill District the Friday after Thanksgiving.
Riverside restaurants, trails, shops & shows. Bend is here.
The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation – Warm Springs, Wasco and Northern Paiute, created this museum to sustain their cultures and preserve their traditions for their children and visitors. The museum is a vital part of the Warm Springs tribal community. Once you are done indoors you can stroll the 1/4 mile Twanat Interpretive Trail to learn about the plants, animals, fish and geology.
Culture. History. In Living Color.