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. 

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.

An exhibit based on the James Beard Award-winning book by Peter Menzel and Faith D'Aluisio. Explore farms, markets, and family meals from Mexico to India to Mali—and discover foodways both unique and shared. You'll never look at your dinner plate the same way again.  

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