University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History

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The Museum of Natural and Cultural History on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene. (Oregon State Archives Photo)
Established by the 1935 Oregon Legislature, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History is the state’s official repository for publicly owned anthropological and paleontological collections and is home to hundreds of thousands of cultural objects, fossils and biological specimens. It is an engine of scientific research and education, serving University of Oregon students and faculty, Native American tribes, the K-12 community, all Oregonians and visitors to the state.

The museum offers two signature exhibits: Explore Oregon is devoted to the state’s natural history and geology, featuring the giant spike-toothed salmon and other paleontological wonders, and Oregon—Where Past is Present showcases 14,000 years of cultural history in the state, including 10,000-year-old sandals recovered from Oregon’s Fort Rock Cave, as well as tools, coprolites, and other items from the Paisley Caves, Oregon’s oldest cultural site. 

In addition to these permanent offerings, visitors to the museum enjoy a diverse program of rotating exhibits emphasizing social justice and environmental stewardship.

Engaging hands-on displays await visitors of all ages throughout the museum with touchscreen displays, a curation station and a variety of other interactives. Children especially enjoy digging at a simulated archaeological site, sporting lab coats while interpreting their finds. The museum is located on the University of Oregon campus near Hayward Field. Oregon Trail and other EBT cardholders receive admission discounts. Visit the museum’s website for current hours and other admission information.​

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Jon Erlandson, Director
Address: 1680 E 15th Ave., Eugene 97403-1224
Phone: 541-346-3024
Fax: 541-346-5334