Sep28
Explore Oregon

Experience the dynamic forces that shape Oregon’s landscapes, climate, and ecosystems. Meet giant salmon, Ice Age sloths, and other amazing animals from across the millennia. Through interactive displays and rare specimens, you’ll go deep into Oregon’s past and join a conversation about our collecti...
September 28
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Experience the dynamic forces that shape Oregon’s landscapes, climate, and ecosystems. Meet giant salmon, Ice Age sloths, and other amazing animals from across the millennia. Through interactive displays and rare specimens, you’ll go deep into Oregon’s past and join a conversation about our collective future.

Sep28
Oregon: Where Past Is Present

Delve into Oregon’s story, from the archaeology of the First Americans to the dynamic cultures of today’s Tribes. Combining interactive displays with world-class anthropological collections, Oregon—Where Past is Present shares 14,000 years of Oregon stories, and invites you to tell your own. Explor...
September 28
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Delve into Oregon’s story, from the archaeology of the First Americans to the dynamic cultures of today’s Tribes. Combining interactive displays with world-class anthropological collections, Oregon—Where Past is Present shares 14,000 years of Oregon stories, and invites you to tell your own. Explore the galleries, try your hand at ancient weaving styles, test your skills as an archaeologist, and much more.

Sep29
Explore Oregon

Experience the dynamic forces that shape Oregon’s landscapes, climate, and ecosystems. Meet giant salmon, Ice Age sloths, and other amazing animals from across the millennia. Through interactive displays and rare specimens, you’ll go deep into Oregon’s past and join a conversation about our collecti...
September 29
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Experience the dynamic forces that shape Oregon’s landscapes, climate, and ecosystems. Meet giant salmon, Ice Age sloths, and other amazing animals from across the millennia. Through interactive displays and rare specimens, you’ll go deep into Oregon’s past and join a conversation about our collective future.

Sep29
Oregon: Where Past Is Present

Delve into Oregon’s story, from the archaeology of the First Americans to the dynamic cultures of today’s Tribes. Combining interactive displays with world-class anthropological collections, Oregon—Where Past is Present shares 14,000 years of Oregon stories, and invites you to tell your own. Explor...
September 29
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Delve into Oregon’s story, from the archaeology of the First Americans to the dynamic cultures of today’s Tribes. Combining interactive displays with world-class anthropological collections, Oregon—Where Past is Present shares 14,000 years of Oregon stories, and invites you to tell your own. Explore the galleries, try your hand at ancient weaving styles, test your skills as an archaeologist, and much more.

Sep29
What was Natural Magic and What Does it Have to do with Science?

Join UO historian Vera Keller as she explores the magics of medieval and Renaissance Europe. Unlike other forms of magic that called upon supernatural powers, natural magic practitioners tried to harness the "hidden" powers of nature for magical use. Come discover how the early development of experi...
September 29
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Join UO historian Vera Keller as she explores the magics of medieval and Renaissance Europe. Unlike other forms of magic that called upon supernatural powers, natural magic practitioners tried to harness the "hidden" powers of nature for magical use. Come discover how the early development of experimental sciences owes much to the practices of natural magic.

Oct7
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.
October 7
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

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.

Oct10
Indigenous Peoples' Day

Special Monday hours: The Museum of Natural and Cultural History will be open with FREE admission in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day! Come celebrate 14,000 years of Native culture in Oregon—from the First Americans at Paisley Caves to the dynamic cultures of today's Tribes.
October 10
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Special Monday hours: The Museum of Natural and Cultural History will be open with FREE admission in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day! Come celebrate 14,000 years of Native culture in Oregon—from the First Americans at Paisley Caves to the dynamic cultures of today's Tribes.

Oct12
National Fossil Day

Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Check out all the cool fossils from Oregon on display.
October 12
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Celebrate National Fossil Day at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Check out all the cool fossils from Oregon on display.

Oct13
Kalapuya Environments and History in the Southern Willamette Valley

This is Kalapuya land. Join anthropologist David Lewis as he explores original Native cultural stewardship of the Valley, the removal of the Kalapuya Tribes to the Grand Ronde Reservation, the radical changes white settlers made to the land, and current work to decolonize and restore the Valley. Th...
October 13
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

This is Kalapuya land. Join anthropologist David Lewis as he explores original Native cultural stewardship of the Valley, the removal of the Kalapuya Tribes to the Grand Ronde Reservation, the radical changes white settlers made to the land, and current work to decolonize and restore the Valley. The Kalapuya peoples in the southern Willamette Valley harvested foods from the land and had villages along major rivers and tributaries. Radical changes to the land and environment by white immigrants in the 1840s, along with forced relocation to the Grand Ronde Reservation, caused a cultural collapse of the Tribe. Today, descendants of these Tribes are working to restore traditions and understand the changes made to the land. David Lewis discusses this history, the challenges Native peoples and allies face when trying to decolonize and restore areas of the valley, and how these efforts can inform Indigenous decolonization efforts in other regions. David G. Lewis is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, a descendant of the Takelma, Chinook, Molalla, and Santiam Kalapuya peoples of western Oregon. David has a PhD in anthropology from the University of Oregon (2009), past Cultural Resources Department Manager of the Grand Ronde Tribe, and is an assistant professor of anthropology and native studies at Oregon State University.

Oct15
Native Plant Tours

Celebrate fall with a walk and talk in and around the museum's Glenn Starlin Native Plant Courtyard guided by members of Native Plant Society of Oregon, Emerald Chapter. With over 40 species, the courtyard offers a rich array of plant life that have supported thriving Indigenous cultures for millenn...
October 15
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Celebrate fall with a walk and talk in and around the museum's Glenn Starlin Native Plant Courtyard guided by members of Native Plant Society of Oregon, Emerald Chapter. With over 40 species, the courtyard offers a rich array of plant life that have supported thriving Indigenous cultures for millennia. Space is limited. First come; first served.

Nov11
Holiday Closure

The museum will reopen open on Saturday, November 12
November 11

The museum will reopen open on Saturday, November 12

Nov13
BASKETRY WORKSHOP with Brenda Brainard

Join Brenda Brainard, member of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, for a day-long basketry workshop. Participants will learn basic weaving techniques while creating their own small, square basket from cedar and sedge. Materials will be provided. The fee is $100 for ...
November 13
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Join Brenda Brainard, member of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians, for a day-long basketry workshop. Participants will learn basic weaving techniques while creating their own small, square basket from cedar and sedge. Materials will be provided. The fee is $100 for MNCH members and $125 for the public. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Register now. Not yet a member? Join now! Image courtesy of Sarah Northrop

Nov24
Holiday Closure

The museum will reopen open on Friday, November 25.
November 24
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

The museum will reopen open on Friday, November 25.

Nov26
Small Business Saturday at the Museum Store

This holiday season, shop local and make a difference! Your purchase at the museum store directly supports education programs that inspire Oregonians all across the state. Join us on Small Business Saturday and browse our unique collection of gifts created by Northwest artists and authors. Admissio...
November 26
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

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

Dec21
Holiday Closure

The museum will reopen open on Wednesday, December 28.
December 21
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

The museum will reopen open on Wednesday, December 28.

Jan1
Holiday Closure

The museum will reopen open on Wednesday, January 4.
January 1
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

The museum will reopen open on Wednesday, January 4.