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High Desert Museum: Free admission to furloughed federal workers


Starting Monday, the High Desert Museum south of Bend is offering free admission to furloughed federal employees and their immediate family members for the duration of the government shutdown.

“During what is an undoubtedly challenging time for our public servants, we want to support our community and provide an opportunity to visit the Museum. They do so much for us. We’d like to provide some partnership,” said Museum Executive Director Dana Whitelaw, Ph.D.

Federal employees are asked to bring a form of government ID or badge to show at the admissions desk.

The museum’s winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The museum will be open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 21. A full slate of programs takes place every day, including our Bird of Prey Encounter and Otter Encounter. Learn more about regular programs at

The Museum exhibition By Her Hand: Native American Women, Their Art, and the Photographs of Edward S. Curtis will close after Sunday, January 20. On Saturday, January 26, the Museum will debut a 40-year retrospective of nationally renowned artist Rick Bartow in the exhibit Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain , which will be on display through April 7.

Other temporary exhibits now on display include Animal Journeys: Navigating in Nature and Desert Mystic: The Paintings of John Simpkins. More information on the museum’s temporary and permanent exhibitions is available at

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