Explore Oregon

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. Through interactive displays, striking imagery, and rare specimens, you’ll go deep into Oregon’s past and join a conversation about our collective future.     

The Explore Oregon exhibit hall opened in May 2014, representing a major expansion of the museum's public exhibition space and its coverage of the Pacific Northwest's natural history. Learn about the exhibit - and the inspiration behind it - through this short video. Then "Explore Oregon" with the MNCH Collections team, and find out about sabertooth salmon, Arctic collections, and much more.  

Giant sloth
Harlan's ground sloth, one of Oregon's giant Ice Age mammals