The more you know about wildlife and their habitats, the more you tend to put an effort into their preservation and protection, and the mission of the High Desert Museum in Bend is to help us explore all that is natural, including the landscape, wildlife, and even the history of Bend to help us connect and discover our responsibility to the future. Voted one of the best things to do in Bend by visitors like you, a trip to this part of our nation would be lacking without a visit to the High Desert Museum. Be sure to set aside a few hours or more for exploration of this unique and fascinating establishment; there’s so much to see, learn, and do it may even take a few visits to experience it all!

Always Changing

The exhibits at the High Desert Museum in Bend are always evolving and ever changing; just as nothing in life stays the same, so goes our exhibits. Art lovers will enjoy the wildlife art we exhibit, but the art pales in comparison to the real thing! Meet giant tortoises, porcupines, owls, and otters in interactive exhibits that allow you to touch and pet some of the live animals that make their home here. Take an evening walk on the grounds of the museum and search for bats; they aren’t as creepy as their reputations have made them out to be!

Visit a genuine wickiup, an Oregon Trail Wagon, and learn about the history of the Native Americans that once lived and flourished in this area. The Spirit of the West exhibit allows you to get an up close and personal look into the lives of fur trappers, explorers, and miners who lived in Bend during pioneer times. The By Hand Through Memory Exhibit features the history of the Plateau Indian Nations as they learn to adapt to life on the reservations after being robbed of their lands.

Permanent outdoor exhibits include the Miller Family Ranch, and interactive live exhibit that involves a recreation of life in 1904. This is where your children can learn to wash clothes with a wash board, learn how to plant a garden, or just play some of the games that were popular with kids in this era. Touring the Lazinka Sawmill is another permanent outdoor exhibit. Built in 1904, this sawmill is still in use today, and you have the opportunity to see how much operations have changed, and yet, stayed the same after over a century in use!

Modern Luxuries

Seeing all the work that went into everyday living in 1904 sure makes you appreciate the amenities and luxuries that are an integral part of your Bend Vacation Rentals modern vacation getaway! Reserve yours today and revel in the convenience of indoor plumbing and air conditioning in the summer!

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