Nov 13
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...
November 13

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.

Nov 13
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,...
November 13

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.

Nov 13
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...
November 13

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!

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 15
It's a Hoedown Throwdown! Western Night at the Museum

Join the MNCH Student Club and LGBTQA3 for a night of square dancing, crafting, and celebration at the museum! Make a print with the Craft Center, take home a photo from the photo booth, and try out your lasso skills. The Spin Cycle Squares, a local LGBT+ square dance club will be teaching lessons ...
November 15

Join the MNCH Student Club and LGBTQA3 for a night of square dancing, crafting, and celebration at the museum! Make a print with the Craft Center, take home a photo from the photo booth, and try out your lasso skills. The Spin Cycle Squares, a local LGBT+ square dance club will be teaching lessons and leading group dances! Pie, cocoa, and snacks are provided. Prizes awarded to the best rainbow western wear! Open to all UO students.

Nov 16
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!
November 16

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 21
Thanks But No Thanks-giving: Decolonizing an American Holiday

Millions of families gather together every year to celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. Many Americans do not grow up thinking much of the history behind the holiday. The main messages are that of gratitude, food, and family; however, Thanksgiving is, foundationally speaking, a celebration o...
November 21

Millions of families gather together every year to celebrate Thanksgiving in the United States. Many Americans do not grow up thinking much of the history behind the holiday. The main messages are that of gratitude, food, and family; however, Thanksgiving is, foundationally speaking, a celebration of the ongoing genocide against native peoples and cultures across the globe. In collaboration with the Native American Student Association (NASU), we will focus on ways in which we can continue to show gratitude while raising our critical consciousness and identifying ways to decolonize the holiday.

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 2
Trivia Night with MNCH Student Club and Geology Club

Join the Museum of Natural and Cultural History Student Club and the Geology Club for a night of pizza, competitive trivia, and prizes!
December 2

Join the Museum of Natural and Cultural History Student Club and the Geology Club for a night of pizza, competitive trivia, and prizes!

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 6
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.
December 6

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.

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.