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The High Desert Museum

The Lazinka Sawmill at the High Desert Museum south of Bend. (Scenic photo No. desDA0018a)

The Lazinka Sawmill at the High Desert Museum south of Bend. (Oregon State Archives Photo desDA0018a)

The High Desert Museum is nationally acclaimed for its close-up wildlife encounters, living history experiences, Tribal and Western art, cultural exhibits and special programs for all ages. The museum features indoor and outdoor exhibits and natural animal habitats and is renowned for inspiring stewardship of high desert cultural and natural resources. Nature trails meander through the museum’s 135 forested acres.

Major permanent exhibits include the Earle A. Chiles Center on the Spirit of the West, the Henry J. Casey Hall of Plateau Indians and the Donald M. Kerr Birds of Prey Center, which is home to many raptors. Outdoor wildlife viewing areas include the “Wind, Earth and Fire” interpretive fire trail. Two North American river otters can be found frolicking in the pond at the naturalistic Autzen Otter Exhibit. Porcupines, badgers, a bobcat, lynx and reptiles are among the museum’s wildlife collection of more than 100 animals.

The museum’s turn of the century working sawmill and replica High Desert Homestead Ranch provide authentic settings for its living history performers.

The High Desert Museum is just five minutes south of Bend and is open every day except Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The museum is funded by visitors, members, donors and grants.


Dr. Dana Whitelaw, President
Address: 59800 S Hwy. 97, Bend 97702-7963
Phone: 541-382-4754
Fax: 541-382-5256