Call ahead This experience may be open for on-site visitation; however, offerings and/or operating procedures may have changed due to COVID-19. Please verify details before you go and visit the COVID-19 Resources page for more information.
It’s no wonder the Museum is rated the #1 Thing to Do in Central Oregon by TripAdvisor! Set on 135 acres of wooded wonder, the museum offers visitors a chance to step into another time and place. Explore the history, art, culture and wildlife of the High Desert through changing and permanent exhibitions, interactive programs, wildlife encounters and special events.
Since 1982, the High Desert Museum has been inspiring families and engaging audiences of all ages. Experience close encounters with native wildlife such as owls, otters, porcupines and eagles. Visit with historic characters who’ll share tales of early Oregon settlers and settlement. Journey through the history of the West, and visit a Native American shelter, fur trapper encampment, placer mine and boomtown. Stroll along winding trails to discover a world of otters and a turn-of-the-century homestead. Dine inside or out on the Rimrock Café patio, and shop the great selection of jewelry, books, educational toys and artwork in Silver Sage Trading.
The Museum is open daily except for Independence Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Visit website for rates and hours.