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.
NAVIGATING KNOWLEDGE: A JOURNEY THROUGH MUSEUM COLLECTIONS
From monkeys and maps to fossils and folklore, MNCH collections help University of Oregon scholars solve mysteries about our planet and our collective human experience.
Glimpse into the vaults with UO faculty and student researchers and join their ongoing investigations: You’ll traverse land and sea to uncover life’s origins, voyage across the Pacific in search of the First Americans, discover how fossils can predict earthquakes, explore arts in Africa and the Americas, and more. Through December 30, 2018.
Dive into the essential nature of water, our planet’s lifeblood. This new exhibition blends interactive displays and digital media from the Smithsonian with scientific research happening right here at the UO—inspiring creative conversations about Earth’s water sources, and how we can steward them well into the future. Through November 25, 2018.
H20 Today is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and adapted from an exhibition developed by the American Museum of Natural History, New York.
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.
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE 2018 ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL
This past summer, museum archaeologist Dennis Jenkins led a six-week archaeological field school at the Connley Caves, a site containing artifacts up to 13,000 years old. The field school students captured their adventures in photographs—and created memories they won’t soon forget. Through November 18, 2108.