Deschutes Historical Museum

Housed in what was once the first school ever built in Bend, the Deschutes Historical Museum is an iconic downtown Bend attraction that allows visitors to explore the fascinating history of Deschutes County through informative exhibits brimming with one-of-a-kind artifacts. Read on below to learn more about this Bend museum and why it deserves a spot on your “to-see” list!

An Intriguing Glimpse into Bend’s Beginnings

The Deschutes Historical Museum delves into Bend’s history, from the early days of Native American tribes to the present day.

Learn about pioneer life from the artifacts left behind by Bend’s founding citizens. Explore how Central Oregon’s forests built a thriving logging industry in Bend, contributing greatly to its growth. See what life was like for one of the 241 Bend students that went to school here in the early 1900s, when the museum functioned as Reid School (named after Bend’s first teacher, Ruth Reid, in honor of her dedication to the education of local children and her accomplishments). Marvel at the paths forged by early Native Americans and fur trappers as they explored what would become Bend. Rotating exhibits like Winter Comes: Oregon’s Nordic Ski History add variety to each visit.

The Deschutes Historical Museum is open from 10:00am to 4:30pm on Tuesday through Saturday. You’ll find the Deschutes Historical Museum at 129 NW Idaho Avenue, nestled between Bond Street and Wall Street just blocks away from Bend’s downtown shopping district. The museum can also be reached by phone at (541) 389-1813, or by email at

Admission for this Bend museum is incredibly affordable. At just $2.00 for children ages thirteen to seventeen years and $5.00 for adults, Deschutes Historical Museum is an excellent choice for visitors traveling on a budget who still want to experience the region’s vibrant local culture firsthand. Even better, children ages twelve and under are admitted for free when accompanied by an adult, meaning that families with younger children can enjoy the museum for a nominal cost.

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