Exhibits

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.

Delve into Oregon’s story, from the archaeology of the first Americans 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.

When did people arrive in North America? How did they get here?
Museum archaeologists found surprising answers to these questions at Oregon’s Paisley Caves. Explore the evidence for yourself, and discover the evolving story of the first Americans. 

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.