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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. (Scenic photo No. desDA0018a)

The High Desert Museum is nationally acclaimed for its close-up wildlife encounters, living history performances, Tribal and Western art, and cultural exhibits and special programs for all ages. The museum and its nature trails on 135 forested acres feature indoor and outdoor exhibits and natural animal habitats. It is renowned for inspiring stewardship of High Desert cultural and natural resources.

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 the home of many raptors, including North America’s only pair of northern spotted owls to have bred in captivity.

Outdoor wildlife viewing areas include the “Wind, Earth, and Fire” interpretive fire trail. A North American river otter can be found frolicking in the pond at the naturalistic Autzen Otter Exhibit, and a family of porcupines, badgers, a bobcat, lynx, fox and reptiles are among the museum’s wildlife collection of more than 100 animals.

The museum’s 1910 working sawmill and 1880 High Desert Homestead Ranch offer authentic settings for its living history performers.

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


Janeanne A. Upp, President
Address: 59800 S Hwy. 97, Bend 97702-7963
Phone: 541-382-4754
Fax: 541-382-5256