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.
Cruisin’ 97: Travel and Tourism, 1930-60
Discover a time when neon signs,drive-ins, and roadside attractions greeted visitors as they wound their way from Smith Rock State Park through downtown Redmond and Bend and past Lava Butte. The exhibit is funded by a grant from the Bend Cultural Tourism Fund and an Oregon Museum Grant.
Ms. Reid's Classroom
Go to school like its 1914!
Try your hand at cursive on the chalkboard and discover what it was like to be a student in 1914. Think you could pass the test? Take our diploma questionnaire to find out.
The Forests of Central Oregon
The 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.
See objects that Bend’s founders used in their homes everyday, like this wood cookstove from the Vandevert Ranch.
Native American Tribes and Exploration
Artifacts 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
Think you’d like to ride in a 1907 Holsman Car? Get up close and personal to one and see!