Street Address
1680 E 15TH AVE
Eugene, OR 97403
Mailing Address
1224 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
phone: 541-346-3024
e-mail: mnh@uoregon.edu
web: natural-history.uoregon.edu/
Hours
Sunday, Wednesday - Saturday11 AM - 5 PM
Admissions
FREE admission to the public each Wednesday.
General Admission: $3
Seniors (over 62): $2
Youth (3-18): $2
Children under 2: Free
Families (2 adults and up to 4 youth): $8
Museum Store only:Free
Services
Gift Shop
Group Tours
Staff
Jon Erlandson, Executive Director
Denise Sorom, Marketing and Communications Specialist
phone: 541-346-5083

Description

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History (MNCH) is Oregon's primary repository for anthropological and paleontological collections. Officially created in 1935-36, as the Oregon State Museum of Anthropology and UO Museum of Natural History, the MNCH houses nearly 1 million ethnographic and archaeological objects and almost 100,000 fossils and biological specimens from Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and around the world. With over 50 employees, the museum is a center of interdisciplinary research, preservation, and education. Through engaging interpretation and presentation of objects and research the Exhibits program strives to serve as an academic and cultural resource for the community - enhancing awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the natural and cultural history of Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and the broader world.

Mission

The University of Oregon's Museum of Natural and Cultural History protects significant collections, enhances knowledge, and encourages stewardship of human and natural history through research, preservation, and education.

History

Officially created in 1935-36, as the Oregon State Museum of Anthropology and UO Museum of Natural History, the museum celebrated its 75th birthday in 2010-11. It has its roots in 1876, however, when Thomas Condon joined the University of Oregon (UO) as one of its first three professors. Hired as a professor of natural history, Condon brought an extensive fossil collection to the UO, later known as the Condon Museum or Condon Collection.

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Services

Group Tours

Let an expert guide your group through Oregon's unique past and lead a hands-on activity. Choose from several established topics or call the museum to create a custom format to fit the needs of your group. Activities and topics are age-appropriate. Tours typically last one hour and we recommend groups of six or more.

Past and Presents - Museum Store

Past and Presents, the museum store, offers an excellent selection of regional books and gifts that reflect the museum's exhibits, collections and research as well as the inspiration of the Pacific Northwest landscape. Featuring handcrafted goods from local and regional artists including jewelry, pottery, glass, woodworking and more. Books on anthropology, geology, paleontology, Oregon's cultural history, archaeology, natural history and an extensive offering of field guides so you can continue to learn after your visit to the museum.

There are gifts for kids of all ages including educational games, toys and books. Continue the lessons learned while exploring the exhibits by taking home a book to share or a kit to work on together. Support the educational mission and share the joy of learning with a child.

Past and Presents is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm. Admission is free to visit the store. Museum members receive a 10 percent discount on most store purchases.

Gift Shop

Group Tours