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

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.