University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History
Founded in 1935-36 by the state Legislature, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon houses a remarkable collection of archaeological, anthropological, historical, paleontological and other natural history from Oregon, the broader Pacific Northwest, and around the world. Museum research staff and associates are actively engaged in cutting-edge archaeological and paleontological research which is interpreted for audiences through interactive exhibits and educational programs.
The museum’s main exhibit hall, “Oregon—Where Past is Present,” highlights millions of years of geological history and 15,000 years of the human record in Oregon’s diverse and dynamic landscapes. This cultural history is told through a combination of archaeological specimens, including the 10,000 year old sagebrush sandals from Fort Rock Cave, “America’s oldest shoes,” numerous historical tribal baskets, as well as scientific discoveries. Traditional replicas of a longhouse, wikiup, and fishing net, all made by Oregon tribal members, and seasonal round murals can be viewed in each of the geographical regions.
Changing exhibits showcase the museums’ extensive collections of fossils, and traditional artifacts from around the globe.
Currently, the museum is undergoing a Landmark Expansion with a new collections center and public galleria already completed, and a new exhibit hall on the natural history of Oregon and a research wing in progress.
Located adjacent to historic Hayward Field, the museum is open Wednesday (Free Day) through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Don’t forget to visit the museum store—Past & Presents.
Jon Erlandson, Director
Address: 1680 E 15th Ave., Eugene 97403-1224