Oct 22
Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo

On view Saturday, September 7, 2019 through Sunday, January 19, 2020 Experience the grit and daring of North America’s gay rodeo circuit. Blake Little’s arresting black-and-white photographs explore the athleticism, artistry, and camaraderie of a time-honored LGBTQIA tradition while celebrating the...
October 22

On view Saturday, September 7, 2019 through Sunday, January 19, 2020 Experience the grit and daring of North America’s gay rodeo circuit. Blake Little’s arresting black-and-white photographs explore the athleticism, artistry, and camaraderie of a time-honored LGBTQIA tradition while celebrating the complex nature of identity and community in the West. A program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Oct 22
Racing to Change: Oregon's Civil Rights Years—The Eugene Story

Racing to Change chronicles the civil rights movement in Eugene, Oregon, during the 1960s and 1970s—a time of great upheaval, conflict, and celebration as new voices clashed with traditional organizations of power. Co-developed by the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Oregon Black Pioneers,...
October 22

Racing to Change chronicles the civil rights movement in Eugene, Oregon, during the 1960s and 1970s—a time of great upheaval, conflict, and celebration as new voices clashed with traditional organizations of power. Co-developed by the Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Oregon Black Pioneers, the exhibit illuminates legacies of racism and the unceasing efforts of Oregon's Black communities to bring about change. Through photographs, recorded interviews, and historical archives, Racing to Change explores how racist policies and attitudes created a pressing need for bold civil rights activism in Eugene. Firsthand accounts from movement organizers, former UO students, elected officials, and other members of Oregon's black communities paint a vivid picture of the area's past, and urge us to take part in building a more just future. On view through May 10, 2020.

Oct 22
2PM Walk & Talk

Tuesdays through Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Enhance your visit to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History with a guided talk and exhibit tour. Perfect for solo visitors, couples, or small groups, 2PM Walk & Talks are included with regular admission. Topics range from the geology of the Cascades to Ore...
October 22

Tuesdays through Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Enhance your visit to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History with a guided talk and exhibit tour. Perfect for solo visitors, couples, or small groups, 2PM Walk & Talks are included with regular admission. Topics range from the geology of the Cascades to Oregon's dynamic cultural heritage. Call 541-346-3024 to find out what we're talking about today!

Oct 24
Gay Rodeo: A Celebration of Western Rural Heritage and Gay Culture

Gay rodeo reveals a long-marginalized segment of the western community, blending rural heritage with the courage, humor, and expression of urban gay America. Join folklorist Craig Miller on a journey into the history of gay rodeo, and explore the values that help unify it as a community. Miller's...
October 24

Gay rodeo reveals a long-marginalized segment of the western community, blending rural heritage with the courage, humor, and expression of urban gay America. Join folklorist Craig Miller on a journey into the history of gay rodeo, and explore the values that help unify it as a community. Miller's talk is cosponsored by the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, University of Oregon Department of History, the Folklore and Public Culture Program, and LGBT Education and Support Services. Included with regular admission; free for members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount.

Oct 25
Museum After Hours: A 21+ Evening at the Museum

Tired of adulting? Round up your favorite cowpokes and head to the museum for some boot-stompin' fun! You'll learn country dance moves, get in on some rodeo-style competitions, enjoy food and adult beverages, and explore the new exhibit Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo. Limited tickets...
October 25

Tired of adulting? Round up your favorite cowpokes and head to the museum for some boot-stompin' fun! You'll learn country dance moves, get in on some rodeo-style competitions, enjoy food and adult beverages, and explore the new exhibit Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo. Limited tickets available; secure your spot and purchase your ticket in advance. In advance: $15 for MNCH members; $20 for the public. At the door: $20 for MNCH members; $25 for the public. Admission price includes food and one drink ticket; additional drinks available for purchase. Cosponsored by Falling Sky Brewing and Walnut Ridge Vineyard.

Oct 26
Go Ducks! Weekends

Go Ducks! And get a great deal on UO museum membership. Get 20 percent off your one-year membership to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History during UO football home game weekends. That's a whole year of hands-on exhibits and award-winning family programs, served up Duck-style. Join us!
October 26

Go Ducks! And get a great deal on UO museum membership. Get 20 percent off your one-year membership to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History during UO football home game weekends. That's a whole year of hands-on exhibits and award-winning family programs, served up Duck-style. Join us!

Nov 1
Free First Friday at the Museum

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History offers free admission on the first Friday of the month. Investigate Oregon's amazing fossils and ecosystems, and delve into its cultural history—from the First Americans at Paisley Caves to the dynamic cultures of today's Tribes.
November 1

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History offers free admission on the first Friday of the month. Investigate Oregon's amazing fossils and ecosystems, and delve into its cultural history—from the First Americans at Paisley Caves to the dynamic cultures of today's Tribes.

Nov 6
Ideas on Tap: Town and Gown

Join us for Town and Gown: A Brief History of the LGBTQ Community on Campus and in Eugene. Quench your thirst—for knowledge and for beer—at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk. In November, we welcome Linda Long, Harriet Merrick, Lynn Pinckney, and Judith Rai...
November 6

Join us for Town and Gown: A Brief History of the LGBTQ Community on Campus and in Eugene. Quench your thirst—for knowledge and for beer—at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk. In November, we welcome Linda Long, Harriet Merrick, Lynn Pinckney, and Judith Raiskin of the Eugene Lesbian Oral History Project for a discussion of local LGBTQ history with a particular focus on Eugene's lesbian community. Admission is free and space is limited. We recommend arriving early to secure a seat. Viking Braggot Company's Southtowne Pub is located at 2490 Willamette Street in Eugene.

Nov 9
Second Saturdays at the Museum

Join us on the second Saturday of the month and dig into activities that will spark your child's curiosity about our past, present, and future. In November, we'll celebrate National Native American Heritage Month by Exploring Ancient Technologies. Come test your engineering skills while investigatin...
November 9

Join us on the second Saturday of the month and dig into activities that will spark your child's curiosity about our past, present, and future. In November, we'll celebrate National Native American Heritage Month by Exploring Ancient Technologies. Come test your engineering skills while investigating the engineering technologies of Oregon’s First Peoples. A drop-in event, Second Saturday is perfect for children ages three and up with an accompanying adult. Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount.

Nov 14
Illuminating Oregon's Early Black History

Join Gwen Carr of Oregon Black Pioneers for a discussion of Oregon's early Black history. Gwen will share stories of Black lives and communities during the 1800s—and explore how they navigated the exclusionary and racist laws that shaped the settling of the region. Included with regular admission; ...
November 14

Join Gwen Carr of Oregon Black Pioneers for a discussion of Oregon's early Black history. Gwen will share stories of Black lives and communities during the 1800s—and explore how they navigated the exclusionary and racist laws that shaped the settling of the region. Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount.

Nov 15
Little Wonders: Stories and More for Preschoolers

Now on the third Friday of the month! You and your child are invited to learn and play at the museum during our monthly Little Wonders event! This month's theme is Terrific Teeth. Through a story, crafts, and games, we'll learn about different kinds of animals' teeth and how they help them eat, hunt...
November 15

Now on the third Friday of the month! You and your child are invited to learn and play at the museum during our monthly Little Wonders event! This month's theme is Terrific Teeth. Through a story, crafts, and games, we'll learn about different kinds of animals' teeth and how they help them eat, hunt, and more. Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount.

Nov 28
Thanksgiving Holiday - Museum Closed

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. The museum will reopen open on Friday, November 29.
November 28

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday. The museum will reopen open on Friday, November 29.

Nov 30
Small Business Saturday

This holiday season, shop local and make a difference. Your purchase at the museum store directly supports museum education programs that inspire children all across the state. Join us on Small Business Saturday and enjoy hot cider and cookies while browsing our unique collection of gifts created by...
November 30

This holiday season, shop local and make a difference. Your purchase at the museum store directly supports museum education programs that inspire children all across the state. Join us on Small Business Saturday and enjoy hot cider and cookies while browsing our unique collection of gifts created by Northwest artists and authors. Admission to the store is always free.

Dec 4
Ideas on Tap: Representation in Storytelling

Quench your thirst—for knowledge and for beer—at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk. This month, University of Oregon journalism professor Torsten Kjellstrand delves into mainstream representations of Native people, discussing hazards that can arise when stor...
December 4

Quench your thirst—for knowledge and for beer—at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk. This month, University of Oregon journalism professor Torsten Kjellstrand delves into mainstream representations of Native people, discussing hazards that can arise when stories about Native communities are shaped by non-Native voices. Admission is free and space is limited. We recommend arriving early to secure a seat. Viking Braggot Company's Southtowne Pub is located at 2490 Willamette Street in Eugene.

Dec 5
Holiday Nights at the Museum

Come warm your spirits with holiday fun throughout the museum and deep December discounts at the museum store! From toys to barware to books to handcrafted jewelry, you'll find the perfect gift for everyone on your list—and your purchase directly supports the museum's award-winning education program...
December 5

Come warm your spirits with holiday fun throughout the museum and deep December discounts at the museum store! From toys to barware to books to handcrafted jewelry, you'll find the perfect gift for everyone on your list—and your purchase directly supports the museum's award-winning education programs. Exhibits and activities are included with regular admission. Admission is free with a non-perishable food donation (per person) to FOOD for Lane County. Purchase or renew a family museum membership—a great gift!—at 20 percent off during the events. Visit mnch.uoregon.edu for the full event schedules.

Dec 14
Second Saturdays at the Museum

Join us on the second Saturday of the month and dig into activities that will spark your child's curiosity about our past, present, and future. December's Second Saturday is all about The Science of Solstice. Through hands-on experiments, you'll explore what causes the winter solstice, plus a whole ...
December 14

Join us on the second Saturday of the month and dig into activities that will spark your child's curiosity about our past, present, and future. December's Second Saturday is all about The Science of Solstice. Through hands-on experiments, you'll explore what causes the winter solstice, plus a whole galaxy of other exciting celestial events. A drop-in event, Second Saturday is perfect for children ages three and up with an accompanying adult. Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount.

Dec 20
Little Wonders: Stories and More for Preschoolers

Now on the third Friday of the month! You and your child are invited to learn and play at the museum during our monthly Little Wonders event! This month's theme is Ready for Winter, and we'll be exploring the many ways that animals prepare themselves for the cold weather ahead. We'll read a story, m...
December 20

Now on the third Friday of the month! You and your child are invited to learn and play at the museum during our monthly Little Wonders event! This month's theme is Ready for Winter, and we'll be exploring the many ways that animals prepare themselves for the cold weather ahead. We'll read a story, make crafts, and get up-close to animals furs that help critters stay warm during the winter. Included with regular admission; free for MNCH members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount.

Dec 24
Holidays - Museum Closed

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History will be closed on December 24 and 25. We will reopen open on Thursday, December 26.
December 24

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History will be closed on December 24 and 25. We will reopen open on Thursday, December 26.

Jan 1
New Year's Day - Museum Closed

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History will be closed on New Year's Day. We will reopen on Thursday, January 2.
January 1

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History will be closed on New Year's Day. We will reopen on Thursday, January 2.

Mar 5
Elizabeth Rush Lecture

Elizabeth Rush is the author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore and Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Gaurdian, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Pacific Stan...
March 5

Elizabeth Rush is the author of Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore and Still Lifes from a Vanishing City: Essays and Photographs from Yangon, Myanmar. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Gaurdian, Harper’s, The Atlantic, Pacific Standard and the New Republic, among others. She is the recipient of fellowships and grants including the Howard Foundation Fellowship, awarded by Brown University; the Society for Environmental Journalism Grant; the Metcalf Institute Climate Change Adaptation Fellowship; and the Science in Society Award from the National Association of Science Writers. She received her MFA in nonfiction from Southern New Hampshire University, and teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University.