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Exhibits at Deschutes Historical Museum

The Deschutes Historical Museum features exhibits that allow you to explore Deschutes County prehistory; area Native American tribal history; early exploration and fur trapping; homesteading the High Desert; logging and Forest Service history; and life throughout Deschutes County over the years.  

Current Exhibits

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Winter Comes: Oregon’s Nordic Ski History explores the ancient origins of nordic skiing, and how Scandinavian immigrants to Oregon in the 19th and 20th century introduced ski culture and the ideals of “Friluftsliv“to Oregon.

With artifacts gathered from Sweden, Norway, and across the state, you won’t want to miss this great story, full of colorful characters with great stories and a love of skiing.

 

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Ms. Reid's Classroom
Mrs. Reid's Classroom Visit Ms. Reid’s school room, and discover what it was like to be a student in 1910. Think you could pass the test? Take our diploma questionnaire to find out.
The Forests of Central Oregon
Exhibit-6The forests of Central Oregon have always provided for her residents, from the lumber days of small mills to the lumber barons of the Brooks-Scanlon and Shevlin-Hixon mills to the first days of the United States Forest Service. See images and artifacts from the days of Bend’s logging past.
Pioneer Life
Exhibit-7See objects that Bend’s founders used in their homes everyday, like this wood cookstove from the Vandevert Ranch.
Native American Tribes and Exploration
Exhibit-2Artifacts of the early native inhabitants of the area are on display, as well as some of the explorers of the area. The carvings seen on this volcanic rock are believed to be done by earlier fur trappers traveling through the area on route to the coast.
Early Bend Days
Exhibit-3Think you’d like to ride in a 1907 Holsman Car? Get up close and personal to one and see!