Visit the High Desert Museum!

Visit the High Desert Museum!

Visit the High Desert Museum!

23 Aug 2022

The High Desert Museum has been inspiring and educating visitors and locals alike since 1982. This popular Central Oregon attraction displays the history, culture, and animals of the High Desert through interactive exhibits and engaging programs.  

Ever-Changing Exhibits – You Know, To Keep It Interesting

There are ever-changing exhibits to explore throughout the year, so no matter what month you are visiting, there is so much to enjoy at this award-winning museum. 

Outdoor Exhibits at the High Desert Museum

Discover local animals in natural habitats in a variety of indoor and outdoor exhibits. Otters, porcupines, owls, eagles and reptiles are all waiting to welcome you! During the summer, visitors can enjoy the Raptors of the Desert Sky daily flight program where you can see birds of prey swooping over the museum’s 135 wooded acres.  

(Re)Living History: See the Daily Life for Locals 100 Years Ago

Kids of all ages will love traveling back in time to the 1904 High Desert Ranch and Sawmill where they can interact with living history characters, and see how daily life was for locals more than 100 years ago. 

Rimrock Café

Stop by the Rimrock Café for a healthy snack or delicious lunch. Their daily specials are often inspired by their ever-changing exhibits. During warmer months, enjoy a coffee or a drink on their patio surrounded by trees.  

Looking to pick up a souvenir or a gift? Make sure to swing by Silver Sage Trading where you can find books, educational toys, locally crafted jewelry, ornaments, and more! 

Visit for operating hours, current ticket prices, permanent and current exhibits, and the daily schedule of programs

Book a Stay with Meredith Lodging! 

Ready to discover one of the best interactive museums on the West Coast, alongside breathtaking scenery and endless outdoor recreation opportunities? It’s all at the High Desert Museum! Meredith Lodging has you covered with a wide selection of Central Oregon vacation rentals to suit all your needs and budget. You can view our entire Bend, Oregon vacation rentals collection online (including our Bend lodging and Mt. Bachelor Village Collection options). We hope to see you in the High Desert soon!