Discover the unique culture, nature, and history of the Bend area when you visit the High Desert Museum. Focused on the heritage of North America's high desert country, this museum features indoor and outdoor exhibits that seek to broaden the understanding of this special area of the world. Explore thousands of artifacts from Native Americans of the region and the European pioneers that followed. Walk through an 1860s frontier town, complete with Chinese mercantile and blacksmith shop. See collections of Native American horse tack and modern transportation including a Forest Service fire truck and stage coach. Visit animals including river otters, porcupines, a bobcat, and a Gila monster - all in simulated natural habitats. You'll also find special programs throughout the year that take advantage of the living history settings of the museum, including the 20th-century sawmill, homesteaders cabin, and Native American encampment.
The High Desert Museum is located on Highway 97 in Bend, and it's a must for families and anyone interested in history, nature, culture, and wildlife. Are you planning a trip to the area? Discover comfortable, modern lodging at our friendly hotels. With one hotel near Mt. Bachelor and one downtown, we're located right where you want to be - near all the top things to do in Bend, OR. Want to learn more? Please contact us today.