The Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Welcome.

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History enhances knowledge of Earth's environments and cultures, inspiring stewardship of our collective past, present, and future. 

Explore thousands of years of human history and millions of years of natural history, all under one roof. We invite you to visit us in person or experience the highlights of our collections through the web galleries.

Current Exhibits

300 million years of Northwest natural history

Under construction until fall 2016.
Last winter, the museum began construction on Oregon – Where Past is Present and the adjacent exhibit spaces in the museum’s south wing. The undertaking will bring new interactive displays, fresh content, and greater accessibility to the ten-year-old cultural history exhibit – plus a brand new exhibit area devoted to Oregon’s Paisley Caves. 

Strung Together celebrates beads and beadwork from around the world, spanning thousands of years and six continents. Blending items from our anthropological collections with works by contemporary artists, Strung Together invites you to discover a world of stories behind the beauty of beads.