Sep 23
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,...
September 23
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

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. The museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. In accordance with university and state public health mandates, we will require everyone onsite to wear masks or other face coverings and maintain a distance of six feet from anyone outside their households. Public hours and safety protocols are subject to change based on guidance from the University of Oregon and the Oregon Health Authority. Please stay tuned to our COVID-19 Updates page for developing information.

Sep 24
Virtual Workshop: The Art of Nature

Plant and Flower Illustration with Kris Kirkeby ***Workshop is now full.*** Register now for a realtime drawing workshop with scientific illustrator Kris Kirkeby. Gather a branch tip with several leaves and join us online as we explore the shapes of plants, learn drawing and a simple shading techni...
September 24

Plant and Flower Illustration with Kris Kirkeby ***Workshop is now full.*** Register now for a realtime drawing workshop with scientific illustrator Kris Kirkeby. Gather a branch tip with several leaves and join us online as we explore the shapes of plants, learn drawing and a simple shading technique, and create illustrations based on photographs and actual specimens. $20 for MNCH members and $25 for the public. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Workshop material kits will be provided prior to the event and can be picked up from the museum Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m. The workshop will be hosted on Zoom and participants will receive a link after they register. Kits can be shipped for an additional $5.00; payment and registration must be received by September 15 to mail materials. Sign up for the waiting list at https://mnch.uoregon.edu/form/virtual-drawing-workshop

Oct 7
Ideas on Tap: Are you immune if you test positive for COVID-19 antibodies?

Quench your thirst for knowledge at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk—now served online! This month, join Ellen Peters, director of the Center for Science Communication Research at the University of Oregon, for a look at COVID-19 antibody tests and what they...
October 7

Quench your thirst for knowledge at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk—now served online! This month, join Ellen Peters, director of the Center for Science Communication Research at the University of Oregon, for a look at COVID-19 antibody tests and what they can—and can't—tell us about our immunity to the virus. While we won't be gathering in person, you can still support our friends at Viking Braggot Company Southtowne the night of the event! Stream Ideas on Tap from your device at one of their outdoor tables, or place a delivery or to-go order and enjoy their great food and braggots at home. Check out the menu at https://www.drinkviking.com/southtownepub. Register now to watch the talk on Zoom, or catch it on Facebook Live when it airs.

Oct 16
Virtual Little Wonders: Fascinating Fossils

Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can now join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. This month, we're celebrating National Fossil Day by investigating fascinating fossils. Who studies fossils? Where do ...
October 16

Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can now join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. This month, we're celebrating National Fossil Day by investigating fascinating fossils. Who studies fossils? Where do you find them? What kinds of fossils are at the museum? Join us to find answers to all of these questions and create your own fossil craft! We add new Little Wonders adventures every month, each one including crafts and other interactive fun you can do at home with easy-to-find items. Want a little help gathering the materials? We now have Little Wonders activity kits, available for pick-up at the museum starting Wednesday, October 14. Kits are $5 each; MNCH members are entitled to two free kits each month; discounted kits are available to Oregon Trail or other EBT card holders. Supplies are limited and kits are available on a first- come, first-served basis. Pick up your kit Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m., and while you're here, be sure to check out the amazing fossils on display to get ready for our prehistoric adventure.

Oct 22
Uncovering and Interpreting Salem’s Chinese Shrine

Inside the Salem Pioneer Cemetery is a relatively unknown shrine that was used by residents of Salem’s Chinatown from the late 1800s through the 1940s. Join Kimberli Fitzgerald, archaeologist and historic preservation officer with the City of Salem, to learn about the public archaeology project that...
October 22

Inside the Salem Pioneer Cemetery is a relatively unknown shrine that was used by residents of Salem’s Chinatown from the late 1800s through the 1940s. Join Kimberli Fitzgerald, archaeologist and historic preservation officer with the City of Salem, to learn about the public archaeology project that uncovered the shrine—one of the few remnants of the city’s early Chinese immigrant history—and how the practice of public archaeology can help amplify the stories of Oregon’s historically marginalized communities. Help keep museum programs like this one free and accessible to all. Your donation of $5 to $10 directly supports our education programming, bringing science and culture adventures to Oregonians of every age and in every corner of the state. Visit http://giving.uoregon.edu/MNCHgift and make your secure, tax-deductible donation today!

Oct 29
Historical Archaeology and Afro-Crucian Heritage

Archaeological research at a historic plantation site in the US Virgin Islands is revealing important insights about the lives of enslaved—and later free—Afro-Crucian people on the island of St. Croix. Join Ayana Omilade Flewellen, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California,...
October 29

Archaeological research at a historic plantation site in the US Virgin Islands is revealing important insights about the lives of enslaved—and later free—Afro-Crucian people on the island of St. Croix. Join Ayana Omilade Flewellen, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of California, Riverside, and co-founder of the Society of Black Archaeologists, for a discussion of the research as well as the training opportunities it's providing to local youths and students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the U.S. This virtual event will be streamed live on Zoom and Facebook.

Nov 4
Ideas on Tap: The Science of Coffee

Quench your thirst for knowledge at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk—now served online! This month, join Christopher Hendon, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Oregon, for an in-depth look at brewing the perfect cup. While we won'...
November 4

Quench your thirst for knowledge at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk—now served online! This month, join Christopher Hendon, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Oregon, for an in-depth look at brewing the perfect cup. While we won't be gathering in person, you can still support our friends at Viking Braggot Company Southtowne the night of the event! Stream Ideas on Tap from your device at one of their outdoor tables, or place a to-go order and enjoy their great food and braggots at home.

Nov 20
Virtual Little Wonders: Traditional Foods

Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can now join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. This month we look at traditional foods. Does your family have a special recipe or a favorite meal? Join us and discov...
November 20

Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can now join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. This month we look at traditional foods. Does your family have a special recipe or a favorite meal? Join us and discover yummy foods that families have shared over time. We add new Little Wonders adventures every month, each one including crafts and other interactive fun you can do at home with easy-to-find items. Want a little help gathering the materials? We now have Little Wonders activity kits, available for pick-up at the museum starting Wednesday, November 18. Kits are $5 each; MNCH members are entitled to two free kits each month; discounted kits are available to Oregon Trail or other EBT card holders. Supplies are limited and kits are available on a first- come, first-served basis. Pick up your kit Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m., and while you're here, be sure to check out the Oregon - Where Past is Present exhibit to see some traditional foods to get ready for our yummy adventure.

Dec 2
Ideas on Tap: Race, Policing, and Barriers to Reform

Quench your thirst for knowledge at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk—now served online! This month, join Michael Hames-García, professor of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon, for a discussion about race and policing—and how cu...
December 2

Quench your thirst for knowledge at Ideas on Tap, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History's monthly pub talk—now served online! This month, join Michael Hames-García, professor of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies at the University of Oregon, for a discussion about race and policing—and how current policy approaches fail to address the demands of activists and community organizers. While we won't be gathering in person, you can still support our friends at Viking Braggot Company Southtowne the night of the event! Stream Ideas on Tap from your device at one of their outdoor tables, or place a to-go order and enjoy their great food and braggots at home.

Dec 18
Virtual Little Wonders: Animal Homes

Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can now join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. This month is all about animal homes. Where do river otters rest? Where do bears bed down? Where do lions lounge? Join...
December 18

Learn and play from home—museum style! Preschoolers and their adults can now join us online for our popular Little Wonders program, featuring stories, hands-on activities, and more. This month is all about animal homes. Where do river otters rest? Where do bears bed down? Where do lions lounge? Join us and explore different kinds of animal dwellings and create your own animal house! We add new Little Wonders adventures every month, each one including crafts and other interactive fun you can do at home with easy-to-find items.