Free admission to the High Desert Museum on Feb. 23. courtesy of Mid Oreogn Credit Union's program.

FILE PHOTO - High Desert Museum will hold a free family day on Saturday Feb. 23.Mid Oregon Credit Union invites the community to enjoy free admission to the High Desert Museum on Feb. 23. The "Free Family Saturday" complimentary admission program supports the community with the opportunity to explore art, wildlife and living history right in Central Oregon's backyard.

The museum is located five minutes south from Bend on U.S. Highway 97. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with Rimrock Cafe open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Silver Sage Trading open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Mid Oregon Credit Union's generous support of two Free Family Saturdays invites the community to experience the Museum," said High Desert Museum Executive Director Dana Whitelaw. "The well-known 'Spirit of the West' and 'By Hand Through Memory' exhibitions are open for families, in addition to a limited-time exhibit by celebrated Indigenous artist Rick Bartow, 'Things You Know But Cannot Explain.'

"Free Family Saturdays is one of our signature community events every year," said Kyle Frick, Mid Oregon Credit Union's vice president of marketing. "Our team can't wait to open the doors and welcome local families to the museum to explore. No matter the weather, Free Family Saturdays bring young and old alike to spend the day together enjoying this one-of-kind Central Oregon destination."

The museum is offering a 10 percent discount on all memberships purchased on Free Family Saturday at the museum, giving families the opportunity to save on future visits.

For more information about exhibits, wildlife encounters, living history, and events, visit the museum's website at

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