Combining the humanities and the natural sciences, the High Desert Museum interprets the land, animals, and people of the United States’s Great Basin—the unique high-altitude desert that spans the distance between the Sierra Nevada and the Rocky Mountains. It offers visitors the opportunity to explore exhibitions portraying the region’s human history, speak with historical characters, and encounter more than 150 live animals that are native to the area. Since before it opened in 1982, the National Endowment for the Humanities has provided the High Desert Museum with the foundational support necessary to create its memorable permanent and traveling exhibitions. This funding included two challenge grants that helped the museum raise an additional $2.4 million.
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