Explore thousands of years of human history and millions of years of natural history, all with an emphasis on Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Investigate the past and imagine the future through world-class collections and stunning displays—with family-friendly sections throughout.
The MNCH also boasts an active event calendar. See website for upcoming events.
Now on View
Go deep into Oregon’s natural history, and discover the giant sabertooth salmon.
OREGON—WHERE PAST IS PRESENT
Delve into 14,000 years of Oregon stories—from the First Americans at Paisley Caves to the dynamic cultures of today’s Tribes.
DINOSAURS TAKE FLIGHT: The Art of Archaeopteryx
Six paleoartists take you on a Jurassic journey to uncover the mysteries of the feathered dinosaur Archaeopteryx. A traveling exhibit organized by Silver Plume Exhibitions and the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, Dinosaurs Take Flight combines original artwork with fossils, replica skeletons, hands-on activities, and interactive media to tell the amazing story of the evolution of flight. On view through May 19, 2019.
SURVIVAL ARCHITECTURE AND THE ART OF RESILIENCE
Science, technology, and art converge in a quest for resilience: What does it take to thrive amid a changing climate? Showcasing innovative designs—from mushroom-based building blocks to cardboard origami shelters—Survival Architecture blends ideas from around the world with scholarship at the University of Oregon, inspiring conversations that could change our approach to the future.
Curated and organized by Art Works for Change. On view through August 25, 2019.
The museum welcomes Cannupa Hanska Luger as the 2018-19 Oregon—Where Past is Present featured contemporary artist. Through August 2019.
Raised on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, Luger is a New Mexico-based, multidisciplinary artist of Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara, Lakota, Austrian, and Norwegian descent. Interweaving performance, visual arts, and political action, his work invites us all to engage with Indigenous Peoples and Values apart from the colonial lens.