Delve into Oregon’s story, from the archaeology of the First Americans to the dynamic cultures of today’s Tribes.
Combining interactive displays with world-class anthropological collections, Oregon—Where Past is Present shares 14,000 years of Oregon stories, and invites you to tell your own. Explore the galleries, try your hand at ancient weaving styles, test your skills as an archaeologist, and much more.
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The world's oldest shoes
People have been living in Oregon for more than 14,000 years. The stories of these First Americans are partly revealed through archaeological collections recovered from the state's high desert caves—including Fort Rock Cave, where archaeologist Luther Cressman uncovered 10,000-year-old sagebrush bark sandals. Come examine these famous Fort Rock sandals for yourself.