University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Founded in 1935–1936 by the Oregon Legislature, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History is home to hundreds of thousands of cultural objects, fossils, and biological specimens from Oregon and around the world. The museum is a center of interdisciplinary research and education, serving the global scientific community, Native American tribes, students of all ages, visitors to Oregon and Lane County, and the local community.
The museum offers two permanent exhibits: Explore Oregon is devoted to the state’s natural history and geology, featuring the sabertooth salmon and other paleontological wonders. Oregon — Where Past is Present showcases 15,000 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, spanning the arts, cultural history and scientific research.
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 and sporting lab coats while interpreting their finds.
Located on the University of Oregon campus near historic Hayward Field, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free on the first Friday of the month. An exhibit talk is offered each day at 2:00 p.m. and is included with the price of admission. Admission Past and Presents, the museum store, is always free.
Jon Erlandson, Director
Address: 1680 E 15th Ave., Eugene 97403-1224