The Museum of Natural and Cultural History

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History Come and visit us! We're open 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday and until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays.
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The Museum of Natural and Cultural History enhances knowledge of Earth's environments and cultures, inspiring stewardship of our collective past, present, and future. The MNCH, a public museum at the University of Oregon, is the largest natural history museum between Seattle and San Francisco, and a global center for archaeological and paleontological research. The museum headquarters and public spaces are housed in a distinctive building inspired by Pacific Northwest Native longhouse design. We are located near historic Hayward Field and next to the Knight Law Center on the east side of the UO campus.

Who's your Oregon hero? Who inspires you with their efforts to honor Oregon's environment, people, and cultures? We invi...
12/27/2019
Oregon Stewardship Award | Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Who's your Oregon hero? Who inspires you with their efforts to honor Oregon's environment, people, and cultures? We invite you to nominate them for a 2020 Oregon Stewardship Award! The $1000 award will recognize an important environmental or cultural stewardship project that took place in Oregon during 2019. Online nominations will be open Thursday, January 2 to Friday, January 31, 2020.

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History will accept nominations for the third annual Oregon S

Happy holidays, everyone! The museum will close at 7:00 tonight - an hour earlier than usual on Thursdays - so our staff...
12/27/2019

Happy holidays, everyone! The museum will close at 7:00 tonight - an hour earlier than usual on Thursdays - so our staff can spend a little extra holiday time with our loved ones. We're open again tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. and back to regular hours through New Year's Eve. We hope to see you soon!

In the mid-1960s, a new artistic movement began to gain traction in cities across America, amplifying the voices of Blac...
12/26/2019

In the mid-1960s, a new artistic movement began to gain traction in cities across America, amplifying the voices of Black communities and igniting audiences with calls to action. From Audre Lorde to James Baldwin to James Brown, the figures in this movement left a lasting impact on the American arts scene and helped shape our national consciousness surrounding race and the journey toward justice. Did you grow up in the 1960s? What do you remember about the art and music of this time period?

Visit the Racing to Change exhibit to learn more: https://mnch.uoregon.edu/exhibits/racing-change-oregons-civil-rights-years-eugene-story

The museum will close at 4:00 p.m. today. We're open all weekend and look forward to seeing you (and your holiday houseg...
12/21/2019

The museum will close at 4:00 p.m. today. We're open all weekend and look forward to seeing you (and your holiday houseguests). Happy almost-solstice, everyone!

Join us from 5 to 8pm for the season's final Holiday Night! Learn the finer points of lassoing and other Mexican cowboy ...
12/19/2019

Join us from 5 to 8pm for the season's final Holiday Night! Learn the finer points of lassoing and other Mexican cowboy traditions with Antonio Huerta, and create your own natural fiber craft with weaver Patricia Montoya Donohue, who will demonstrate willow random weave and cordage-making techniques. While you’re here, enjoy cookies and hot cider, and deep discounts in the museum store.

Admission is free with a canned food donation to FOOD For Lane County.
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Join us for our final Holiday Night of the 2019 season! Thursday from 5 to 8pm, explore lassoing, rope tricks, and other...
12/16/2019

Join us for our final Holiday Night of the 2019 season! Thursday from 5 to 8pm, explore lassoing, rope tricks, and other Mexican cowboy traditions with Antonio Huerta, and watch a weaving and cordage demo by local artist Patricia Montoya Donohue.

We’re open late for Holiday Night until 8pm tonight!  Soromundi Lesbian Chorus Of Eugene will be performing throughout t...
12/12/2019
Holiday Nights: Soromundi and Marli Miller

We’re open late for Holiday Night until 8pm tonight! Soromundi Lesbian Chorus Of Eugene will be performing throughout the evening and University of Oregon geologist Marli Miller will highlight Eugene's fascinating geology and landscapes. You'll also enjoy holiday music in the courtyard by local recorder flautist Karen Stingle. Admission is free with a canned food donation to FOOD For Lane County.

Music event in Eugene, OR by The Museum of Natural and Cultural History and Soromundi Lesbian Chorus Of Eugene on Thursday, December 12 2019 with 122...

We applaud our colleagues at Oregon Historical Society for addressing white supremacism in their upcoming special issue ...
12/12/2019
Welcoming Challenging Conversations: An Oregon Historical Quarterly Special Issue about White Supremacy and Resistance

We applaud our colleagues at Oregon Historical Society for addressing white supremacism in their upcoming special issue of Oregon Historical Quarterly. Tom Connolly, director of archaeological research here at the museum, joined anthropologist and Grand Ronde Tribal member David Lewis in writing one of the articles, focused on white settler violence against Oregon Tribal peoples. The article will be digitally accessible later this month. Stay tuned.

Today’s media often addresses the subject of white supremacy, and in Oregon, such racism has led to at least three violent deaths in recent years. In May 2017, a self-described White supremacist verbally attacked two young women on a Portland light-rail train, one of whom wore a hijab, and murdere...

Join us this weekend for Second Saturday at the Museum! This month, we welcome astronomer Scott Fisher, joining us with ...
12/11/2019

Join us this weekend for Second Saturday at the Museum! This month, we welcome astronomer Scott Fisher, joining us with live images from Pine Mountain Observatory and other spectacular images from space. Bring the whole family on this celestial adventure to learn more about the Science of Solstice.

Into the mid-1960s, hotels and restaurants in Eugene refused to serve People of Color, including famous Black performers...
12/11/2019

Into the mid-1960s, hotels and restaurants in Eugene refused to serve People of Color, including famous Black performers like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, and Nat King Cole. Instead, these and other performers were hosted by the Mims (whose house is pictured here) and the Washingtons, two local Black families. The Mims also housed Black UO athletic recruits who were not permitted to stay on campus during their visits. Today, the Mims House is still owned by the Mims family, and leased by the NAACP Eugene Springfield Oregon Unit 1119.

Visit our newest exhibit and learn more about the history of local Black communities’ ongoing efforts towards justice: https://mnch.uoregon.edu/exhibits/racing-change-oregons-civil-rights-years-eugene-story

This week's Holiday Night includes a very special serenade by  Soromundi Lesbian Chorus Of Eugene and a talk and book si...
12/09/2019

This week's Holiday Night includes a very special serenade by Soromundi Lesbian Chorus Of Eugene and a talk and book signing with University of Oregon geologist and Roadside Geology of Oregon author Marli Miller. Enjoy cookies, cider, and good cheer as you settle in for an evening of holiday fun this Thursday from 5 to 8pm.

Today we honor the memory of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. 50 years ago today, the 21-year-old Hampton was assassin...
12/05/2019

Today we honor the memory of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton. 50 years ago today, the 21-year-old Hampton was assassinated in his home by the FBI and Chicago police. A gifted community organizer who founded the Rainbow Coalition, Hampton famously said, "...you can jail revolutionaries, but you can’t jail the revolution."

You can explore the history of Eugene's Black Panther movement, and join the dialogue it inspired, at our newest exhibit "Racing to Change," on view through September 13, 2020.

What do you remember? What did we forget? Our newest exhibit, Racing to Change, asks these questions, and we continue to...
12/04/2019

What do you remember? What did we forget? Our newest exhibit, Racing to Change, asks these questions, and we continue to receive interesting, inspiring, and enlightening answers from the community. What about you? What do you remember about the Civil Rights era where you grew up? What do you think we have forgotten about our past? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Thank you to all who came out to support our K-12 education programs by shopping at the museum store on Small Business S...
12/02/2019

Thank you to all who came out to support our K-12 education programs by shopping at the museum store on Small Business Saturday! If you missed the big day, you can still do your holiday shopping with us. We have a unique selection of gifts for the science and culture enthusiasts in your life, and admission to the store is always free.

11/30/2019
It's Small Business Saturday

Today’s @Small Business Saturday! Come on by between 11 am and 5 pm, cozy up with some hot cider and cookies, and do some holiday shopping. Looking for an anatomical heart mug? We’ve got that. How about a Heroes of Science pint glass? We’ve got that, too. We’ve also got science-y necklaces from Boutique Academia, gorgeous scarves from Native Pacific Northwest artists, books, maps, prints, educational toys, and local handmade décor. Your purchase supports museum education programs, and we’ve got something for everyone. Come #ShopSmall with us.

Mark your calendars for Holiday Nights, happening the first three Thursday evenings in December! December 5 features Ore...
11/29/2019

Mark your calendars for Holiday Nights, happening the first three Thursday evenings in December! December 5 features Oregon guidebook and history author Bill Sullivan. Come enjoy cookies and cider, do some holiday shopping at the museum store, and get a signed copy of one of Bill's books - a perfect gift for the explorer on your list. Admission is free with a canned food donation to Food For Lane County.

Join in: https://www.facebook.com/events/465410820765410/

Meet local glass artist Patti Lomont, who specializes in fused, etched, kiln-cast, and stained glass to make jewelry, bo...
11/27/2019

Meet local glass artist Patti Lomont, who specializes in fused, etched, kiln-cast, and stained glass to make jewelry, bowls, masks, sculptures, light fixtures, and other works of fine art. Come check out her fabulous pieces at the museum store during Small Business Saturday (that’s this Saturday!)—and take one home for someone on your holiday gift list.

Holiday Nights are coming up!  On the first three Thursday evenings in December, enjoy music performances, meet local ar...
11/26/2019

Holiday Nights are coming up! On the first three Thursday evenings in December, enjoy music performances, meet local artists and authors, and put your holiday shopping dollars toward an awesome cause: Every purchase at the museum store supports museum education programs for Oregon kids! Plus, family museum memberships are 20 percent off during the events—a great gift! Admission is free with a canned food donation to FOOD For Lane County. Visit https://qoo.ly/zzzzhnx for the full schedule of events.

Going holiday shopping soon? What a perfect opportunity to support local artists like Christopher Borg of Pleasant Hill,...
11/23/2019

Going holiday shopping soon? What a perfect opportunity to support local artists like Christopher Borg of Pleasant Hill, whose unique olive oil lamps and rustic pottery are both long-lasting and environmentally-friendly. With experience as an archaeologist and arborist, Chris draws inspiration from objects found in nature. Come see Chris’ work for yourself during Small Business Saturday at the museum store. Admission to the store is always free.

Check out today's Eugene Weekly for a look at our newest exhibit, Racing to Change: Oregon's Civil Rights Years, and its...
11/21/2019
Eugene’s Racist Past

Check out today's Eugene Weekly for a look at our newest exhibit, Racing to Change: Oregon's Civil Rights Years, and its calls for dialog, action, and justice.

When Charles Dalton came to Eugene about 50 years ago as a spokesperson for the NAACP, he went downtown to get to know the area. He explains in a video on display at the University of Oregon’s Muse…

This year, we’re spreading our annual winter solstice festivities across three Thursdays in December. Come warm your spi...
11/21/2019

This year, we’re spreading our annual winter solstice festivities across three Thursdays in December. Come warm your spirits at Holiday Nights, December 5, 12, and 19, and meet local performers, artists, and authors each week. Get deep discounts at the museum store, and enjoy holiday fun and activities throughout the museum. Admission is free with a canned food donation to FOOD For Lane County. Visit mnch.uoregon.edu/learn/museum-store for the full schedule.

11/20/2019
Shop small and make a mammoth difference.

You never know what treasures you’ll find in the museum store. Join us on November 30 for Small Business Saturday and see for yourself. Plus, when you #shopsmall for the science and culture lovers in your life, your purchase directly supports museum education programs that inspire the next generation of stewards for planet Earth. Save the date and come support the museum on #SmallBizSat!

Last year, museum volunteers helped provide education programs for over 5,000 K-12 students from Lane County and surroun...
11/19/2019

Last year, museum volunteers helped provide education programs for over 5,000 K-12 students from Lane County and surrounding areas, as well as international students from Japan, Mexico, and France. Now that’s what we call community service!

Did you know that proceeds from the museum store directly support our statewide education programs? Join us on November ...
11/18/2019

Did you know that proceeds from the museum store directly support our statewide education programs? Join us on November 30 for Small Business Saturday and let your holiday shopping dollars make a difference for Oregon kids. Admission to the museum store is always free. Enjoy cookies and cider while browsing our unique collection of gifts created by Pacific Northwest artists and authors. #ShopSmall

#SavetheDate: November 30 is Small Business Saturday! When you #ShopSmall for holiday gifts at the museum store, you’re ...
11/16/2019

#SavetheDate: November 30 is Small Business Saturday! When you #ShopSmall for holiday gifts at the museum store, you’re directly supporting the museum’s K-12 programs, which inspire youths all across the state. Join us on #SmallBizSat and enjoy hot cider and cookies while browsing great gifts for the science, history, and art enthusiasts in your life.

We honor, support, and celebrate #trans and #genderqueer people and communities during #TransAwarenessWeek and every wee...
11/15/2019

We honor, support, and celebrate #trans and #genderqueer people and communities during #TransAwarenessWeek and every week.

In the spirit of this weekend's game, we’re celebrating the stories of the first Black student-athletes at the Universit...
11/15/2019

In the spirit of this weekend's game, we’re celebrating the stories of the first Black student-athletes at the University of Oregon. In the fall of 1926, the same year that Oregon repealed its Black exclusion law, the UO recruited two football stars from Portland high schools: 19-year-old Bobby Robinson and 22-year-old Charles Williams. Though they faced significant discrimination from university housing and athletics, both young men completed four years of college while excelling on the field—and gaining a significant fan following—as starting-line stars. Talk about perseverance. #GoDucks

11/15/2019

Happening now! Join is for this evening's talk with Gwen Carr of Oregon Black Pioneers on Oregon's early Black history.

Tonight at 6, join Gwen Carr of Oregon Black Pioneers for a discussion of Oregon’s early Black history.  She’ll share st...
11/14/2019

Tonight at 6, join Gwen Carr of Oregon Black Pioneers for a discussion of Oregon’s early Black history. She’ll 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. Join us at the museum or watch the talk on FB live: https://www.facebook.com/events/392316961665975/

This Thursday, November 14, is the last day to see the original Oregon Constitution on view at the museum, displaying th...
11/12/2019

This Thursday, November 14, is the last day to see the original Oregon Constitution on view at the museum, displaying the state's infamous 1859 Black exclusion clause. Thursday's also your chance to delve into Oregon's early Black history with Gwen Carr of Oregon Black Pioneers, who'll share stories of Black lives and communities during the 1800s, and how they navigated the racist laws that shaped the settling of the region. Join us: https://www.facebook.com/events/392316961665975/

We’re open late tonight, so treat yourself to an evening at the museum! Explore stories of struggle, celebration, and ju...
11/07/2019

We’re open late tonight, so treat yourself to an evening at the museum! Explore stories of struggle, celebration, and justice at our must-see new exhibit, Racing to Change. All of our exhibits are open until 8pm.

Say hello to our newest cohort of museum volunteers who just completed their training last week! 👋 This fall, we welcome...
11/05/2019

Say hello to our newest cohort of museum volunteers who just completed their training last week! 👋 This fall, we welcome 14 new volunteers to the team, who all share a passion for stewardship, archaeology, and science. We look forward to having them on board!

Happy Halloween! 🎃 We’re open until 8pm tonight. Come check out our skeletons, the giant sloth of ‘monster’ proportions,...
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween! 🎃 We’re open until 8pm tonight. Come check out our skeletons, the giant sloth of ‘monster’ proportions, and other mysterious creatures of Oregon’s deep past.

10/25/2019

Happening now! 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 UO Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Dept, Department of History, University of Oregon, University of Oregon Folklore Program, and UO LGBT Education and Support Services. Oregon Folklife Network, a division of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, is a special contributor to this event.

Gay rodeo folklorist Craig Miller is in the house! Fresh from Salt Lake City, Craig was this morning's guest on Kduk Fm ...
10/24/2019

Gay rodeo folklorist Craig Miller is in the house! Fresh from Salt Lake City, Craig was this morning's guest on Kduk Fm 1047 The Morning House Party (thanks, Chino!). Now he's gearing up for tonight's talk at the museum - and for tomorrow night's rodeo dance party at #MuseumAfterHours. Join us! https://mnch.uoregon.edu/events

It’s Thursday, and we’re open late! Join us tonight at 6 for a talk with folklorist Craig Miller and journey into the hi...
10/24/2019

It’s Thursday, and we’re open late! Join us tonight at 6 for a talk with folklorist Craig Miller and journey into the history, culture, and camaraderie of gay rodeo.

Come to the museum or watch the talk on FB live: https://www.facebook.com/events/908711549495053/

Get ready to rodeo! #MuseumAfterHours is this Friday, so saddle up and join us for brews, bbq, and other 21+ fun featuri...
10/22/2019

Get ready to rodeo! #MuseumAfterHours is this Friday, so saddle up and join us for brews, bbq, and other 21+ fun featuring the exhibit Blake Little: Photographs from the Gay Rodeo. Buy your ticket today and save $5: https://mnch.uoregon.edu/learn/museum-after-hours
Cosponsored by Falling Sky Brewing and Walnut Ridge Vineyard.

#DidYouKnow we have over 95 volunteers at the museum? They come from all walks of life, backgrounds, and areas of expert...
10/22/2019

#DidYouKnow we have over 95 volunteers at the museum? They come from all walks of life, backgrounds, and areas of expertise. They range from students to retirees. They are teachers, paleontologists, anthropologists, biologists, writers, artists, gardeners, and more. Each volunteer adds something unique to the museum family, together creating an incredibly vibrant volunteer force that brings our museum to life.

Pulled pork sliders and slaw. The perfect #rodeo grub and natural partners for Falling Sky Brewing beer and Walnut Ridge...
10/21/2019

Pulled pork sliders and slaw. The perfect #rodeo grub and natural partners for Falling Sky Brewing beer and Walnut Ridge wines. It's all on the menu at Friday's #MuseumAfterHours! Buy your ticket today and save $5 off the door price: https://mnch.uoregon.edu/learn/museum-after-hours

10/18/2019

Looking Beyond the Temples and Beyond the Capital: Exploring the Residences of the Ancient Angkorians with Dr. Alison Carter

Ever wonder who built the stunning ancient temples of Angkor? Tonight at 6, our Fall Archaeology Talks continue with UO ...
10/17/2019

Ever wonder who built the stunning ancient temples of Angkor? Tonight at 6, our Fall Archaeology Talks continue with UO anthropologist Alison Carter, who’ll discuss recent excavations of Angkorian residences, and what they reveal about everyday life in the region.
Join us at the museum, or tune in here at 6:00 p.m. to watch a livestream of the talk on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/392595684971176/

It's National Fossil Dayl! Head to the museum for fossil-focused exhibit talks, starting at noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p...
10/16/2019

It's National Fossil Dayl! Head to the museum for fossil-focused exhibit talks, starting at noon, 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m., and be sure to snap a #museumselfie with your favorite specimen.

Tomorrow is National Fossil Day, and we're celebrating with a rock-solid deal: Purchase a museum membership tomorrow and...
10/15/2019

Tomorrow is National Fossil Day, and we're celebrating with a rock-solid deal: Purchase a museum membership tomorrow and get 20 percent off. That means a whole year of free exhibits, programs, and fossil-focused fun!

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1680 East 15th Ave.
Eugene, OR
97403

Opening Hours

Tuesday 11:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 17:00
Thursday 11:00 - 20:00
Friday 11:00 - 17:00
Saturday 11:00 - 17:00
Sunday 11:00 - 17:00

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(541) 346-3024

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