MUSEUM ADVENTURES brings bilingual English/Spanish traveling exhibits to rural communities across Oregon with fun activities for the whole family.
These exciting new educational resources are available to libraries and other community organizations in rural locations. Each traveling Museum Adventures exhibit features a set of exhibit stations, hands-on activities, and a programming toolkit—all you need to host four weeks of fun, interactive programs.

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Two Exciting Adventures

The Museum Adventures program includes two exhibits: Oregon's Dino-Story, launched June 2022, and Native Innovation hitting the road in 2024. Each theme has two traveling exhibit copies.

Several cartoon dinosaurs, including raptors and sauropods, walk across the screen. One is flying.


A graphic of several instances of native engineering, including a canoe, an atlatl, a basket, and a fishing net.


Oregon's Dino-Story

Current Travel Schedule (PDF)

Native Innovation

Available for loan starting April 2024
Open for requests on October 1, 2023

Uncover the mystery of Oregon’s dinosaur history! Join us for this dino-mite adventure and explore the clues that fossils reveal about Oregon during the Age of Dinosaurs.

Program participants discover:
•    What makes a dinosaur a dinosaur?
•    How do we know about dinosaurs?
•    When did dinosaurs live?
•    Why are dinosaur fossils so rare in Oregon?
•    And so much more!

Celebrate engineering innovations designed and used by First Nations in Oregon. This exhibit will explore how Native Americans have used knowledge, creativity, and ingenuity to solve problems for thousands of years, and continue to do so today. Participants will be invited to try their own hand at engineering, while learning from examples of traditional Indigenous technologies related to housing, travel, tools, recreation, resource management, and more.


What's Included

The Museum Adventures exhibit will spend approximately four weeks at your location and can be used as the basis for a variety of fun, educational community programming. All public-facing materials are bilingual English/Spanish—such as the exhibit stations, family handouts, and publicity resources.

Here is what’s included with each traveling exhibit:

Exhibit Stations:

A set of themed stations that can be displayed in public areas for youth and families to explore. The stations include touchable objects and interactive activities that do not require electricity, allowing the exhibit to be used in a variety of locations, including off-site or outside events. The full exhibit can fit onto three tables and some adjacent floor space. The exhibit stations are modular, meaning that they can be displayed all together or the individual stations can be set up in different areas of a building or put out at different times.

Oregon’s Dino-Story exhibit includes five tabletop stations, a free-standing map station, a simulated fossil dig pit that can be displayed on a shipping crate or table, dinosaur footprints on the floor, and some inflatable dinosaurs to set the stage for fun.

Full museum adventures Dino-Story exhibit


Check out the exhibit set up at Sutherlin Library.


Programming Toolkit:

A comprehensive Exhibit and Program Guide supports the use of the exhibit and implementation of related programming. The Programming Toolkit includes this guide, as well as the resources and materials for a variety of themed programs and events, such as a family STEM event, an early childhood story hour, youth workshops, hands-on activities for all ages, and take-home activity kits. Specialized props and reusable supplies are provided. This does not include basic supplies such as scissors, crayons, and tape or simple consumables, such as paper, craft sticks, yarn, etc.  

The Exhibit and Program Guide will be provided as a set of shared digital resources once a scheduled exhibit check out date is confirmed. A hard copy notebook version of the Exhibit and Program Guide will also travel with the exhibit.

A banner showing four pictures: an example of the exhibit, a child digging in sand, a librarian reading to a group of kids, and a child recording fossil observations in a journal.


Publicity Resources:

The Oregon's Dino-Story Publicity Resources page provides ready-to-use bilingual English/Spanish materials for getting the word out about the exhibit and related programs. Examples include:

  • Marketing language for use on website, newsletters, or community calendars.
  • Flyer templates for posting at the library and in your community
  • Program artwork or photos that can be used for website and social media postings
  • Ready-to-post social media language along with photos and video clips.  
Orientation Resources:

Videotaped and written materials will introduce you to the exhibit content, interactive activities, and programming resources, as well as provide an orientation to the exhibit set up, take down, packing, shipping, and maintenance. The Exhibit Introduction video is provided below and additional training resources will be made available to exhibit host sites once a scheduled exhibit check out date is confirmed.

Dino-Story Training Video 1_Exhibit Introduction.mp4 from MNCH on Vimeo.

Exhibit Loan Fee

$300 for a 4-week check-out period

This fee helps cover the cost of shipping and maintenance of the exhibit as it travels around the state. The fee will be payable 30 days prior to the scheduled check out date.


Affordable for a reason

The Museum Adventures project seeks to increase access to STEM education learning experiences for youth and family audiences in rural Oregon communities. By offering high-quality resources at a low cost to public libraries and other community organizations, it will increase the capacity of those organizations to provide rich, STEM-related programming for the public.

Shipping Logistics

Shipping costs are included in the flat rate exhibit loan fee and logistics for delivery and pick up will be coordinated directly with locations.


The exhibit ships in four large cardboard crates and a hard plastic suitcase.

Each crate weighs between 50 and 65 pounds and measures 34" x 24" x 12". Handles make each crate easy for two people to carry and the crates can be stacked. A wheeled cart is provided in crate A. The crates can become a part of the exhibit display if table space or storage space is limited.

Three images side-by-side. First image is a model dig pit. Second is four hard-side crates and one hard rolling suitcase, with a white man standing next to it. The four boxes stand about 3.5 feet tall. The third photo is a woman and child using the dig pit.

Request a Museum Adventures Traveling Exhibit
Submissions open now for the Oregon’s Dino-Story exhibit and there are still openings for dates in 2024. Stay tuned for information about requesting the Native Innovation exhibit starting in October – scheduled to begin traveling in January 2024.



Contact the Outreach Program at or 541-346-5019.



This project was made possible in part by an American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the State Library of Oregon.

State Library of Oregon logo. Institute of Museum and Library Services logo.