(541) 389-1813 | 129 NW Idaho Ave., Bend, OR 97703

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Bend, 1910

Redmond High School under construction, 1921

1910 Laidlaw, later renamed Tumalo

La Pine, c. 1914

Main Street Sisters, c. 1914


No one said living through history was easy. Few things have the power to change the course of human history as disease. Pandemics over the centuries have toppled empires, conquered whole societies, and changed the outcomes of wars. The COVID 19 pandemic is a unique moment in history unlike any other. Never has the entire global population tried to band together to defeat a disease through the simple coordinated act of self-quarantine. It is quite remarkable.
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Your membership helps us preserve stories, share historical records, and answer hundreds of research inquiries each year.


Hours & Location

We invite you to visit during museum hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10am– 4:30pm.

Map & Info

Gone, but not forgotten

Learn more about this lost treasure of downtown Bend.

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Mark Your Calendar for History Pub

Join us for a pint and some lively local history, sponsored by the Deschutes County Historical Society, McMenamins, Oregon Encyclopedia, and the Oregon Historical Society.


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Search a portion of our historic photograph collection! We are continuously adding new photos.


School Visits

We have self-guided tours during regular business hours. Coming Soon: we bring the classroom to you!

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In order to do our part for the containment of the COVID-19 virus, the Deschutes Historical Museum is closed to the public until further notice, pending direction from Governor Kate Brown and the State of Oregon. All in person programs have been postponed through May, including History Pub at McMenamins Old St. Francis.

You can help the historical society document this historical event. Read our blog post here for more information.

Museum staff will be available during this time to accept research requests, photograph orders, and book orders via email (info@deschuteshistory.org) or by phone (541.389.1813). Please follow us on Facebook for updates and history we can bring to you online. You can also search our photograph collection online under the photos tab of our website. We look forward to reopening soon and rescheduling programming that has been postponed.