In 1974, Donald M. Kerr, a native of Portland, Oregon, founded the Western Natural History Institute out of a passion for natural history that began when he raised a wolf cub for his high school biology class. The institute evolved into the High Desert Museum, which opened in 1982. The museum engages visitors in the people, plants, and animals of the arid Intermountain West, also known as the High Desert. It includes nearly 53,000 square feet of exhibits and amenities in the main building, while paved outdoor trails wind through acres of exhibits and animal habitats. Live animal interpretations and living history demonstrations are presented regularly.
Address: 59800 South Highway 97
Bend, OR 97702