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Deschutes County Historical Museum

The fascinating Deschutes County Historical Museum in Bend has a variety of exhibits, displays, photos, and documents that give visitors a taste of what it was like to live in Deschutes County nearly a century ago. Read More

  • Learn about the early industries of Bend and nearby communities.
  • The museum building is a historic school house.
  • View fascinating displays of local early American artifacts and Native American artifacts.
  • Interesting displays that recreate history, such as an early 1900 classroom.


If you enjoy history, you will really appreciate the Deschutes County Historical Museum. Located in Bend, the museum was created to provide its visitors an interesting overview of the history of Deschutes County and Bend. The history also includes nearby communities such as Sisters, Lapine, Redmond, La Pine, and a few others. The museum contains a variety of exhibits that recreate history, as well as artifacts from Native Americans and early settlers that once resided in the area.

Location and Directions

The museum is housed in the Reid School, just a few blocks from downtown Bend.

Address: 129 NW Idaho Ave, Bend Oregon. Phone: 541-389-1813.


The Deschutes County Historical Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


General admission is $5 for adults, $2 for youth ages 13 to 17. No fee for children 12 and under.

More Info 

The Deschutes County Historical Museum tells the history of the area in exquisite detail. The area itself was settled by early French explorers who called this part of Central Oregon the “Riviere des Chutes” which, translated into English, means “river of falls”.

The museum is housed in one of Bend’s first public school buildings, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Displays include a genuine 1907 Holsman Car, one of the early wood cookstoves, carvings believed to be left by early fur trappers in volcanic rock, and copies of the Bend Bulletin dating clear back to 1917.

Other Deschutes County Historical Museum Resources

Deschutes Historical Museum

The Des Chutes Historical Musuem encourages residents and visitors to explore its many exhibits to learn about the rich history of the area.