The Museum of Natural and Cultural History


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

Under Construction!
Grand Reopening Weekend - November 5 and 6 
Delve into Oregon’s story, from the first Americans at Paisley Caves to the dynamic cultures of today’s tribes. This newly enhanced exhibit combines interactive technology, hands-on experiences, and world-class collections—showcasing 14,000 years of Oregon stories, and inviting you to tell your own. 

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.

Experience the dynamic forces that shape Oregon’s landscapes, climate, and ecosystems. Meet the sabertooth salmon, the giant sloth, and other amazing animals from across the millennia.

Oregon is home to nine independent tribal nations. Journey into the history and meanings of each nation’s flag.