Events

July 2024

Jul18
Explore Oregon10:00 a.m.

Experience the dynamic forces that shape Oregon’s landscapes, climate, and ecosystems. Meet giant salmon, Ice Age sloths, and other amazing animals from across the...
Explore Oregon
January 14–December 29
10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Experience the dynamic forces that shape Oregon’s landscapes, climate, and ecosystems. Meet giant salmon, Ice Age sloths, and other amazing animals from across the millennia. Through interactive displays and rare specimens, you’ll go deep into Oregon’s past and join a conversation about our collective future.

Jul18
Oregon: Where Past Is Present10:00 a.m.

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...
Oregon: Where Past Is Present
January 13–December 29
10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

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.

Jul18
Underwater Forests—Oregon's Kelp Ecosystems10:00 a.m.

Experience Oregon's dynamic—yet fragile—kelp forest ecosystems and learn why this species is vital to Oregon and the world. Discover the critters that call...
Underwater Forests—Oregon's Kelp Ecosystems
October 28–September 15
10:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Experience Oregon's dynamic—yet fragile—kelp forest ecosystems and learn why this species is vital to Oregon and the world. Discover the critters that call Oregon's kelp forests home, the threats facing kelp today, and what we can do to help the kelp.

Jul19
FAMILY FUN IN THE SUN: Adventures in Archaeology10:00 a.m.

July 12-13 and July 19-20 Join us Fridays and Saturdays in the museum’s courtyard this summer for lots of family fun with hands-on activities highlighting themes from the...
FAMILY FUN IN THE SUN: Adventures in Archaeology
July 12–20
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

July 12-13 and July 19-20

Join us Fridays and Saturdays in the museum’s courtyard this summer for lots of family fun with hands-on activities highlighting themes from the museum. Activities are bilingual English/Spanish and perfect for children ages 3 and up.

Can you learn about a person from their belongings? How about from their trash? Archaeologists do this all the time! Take a trip into the past, dig into archaeology, uncover artifacts, and discover what we can learn from people who lived before us.

Reservations are available for groups of 10 or more youth. Outdoor events are subject to change based on the weather. Please visit mnch.uoregon.edu for the most current information

Jul26
FAMILY FUN IN THE SUN: Join the Wolf Pack10:00 a.m.

Join us in the museum’s courtyard this summer for lots of family fun with hands-on activities highlighting themes from the museum. Activities are bilingual English/Spanish...
FAMILY FUN IN THE SUN: Join the Wolf Pack
July 26–August 3
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Join us in the museum’s courtyard this summer for lots of family fun with hands-on activities highlighting themes from the museum. Activities are bilingual English/Spanish and perfect for children ages 3 and up.

Explore the world of wolves and discover their important role as apex predators in their ecosystems. Then, head inside the museum and meet the wolves of Ellesmere Island and Yellowstone National Park in our National Geographic photography exhibit with photos by Ronan Donovan.

Reservations are available for groups of 10 or more youth. Outdoor events are subject to change based on the weather. Please visit mnch.uoregon.edu for the most current information.

August 2024

Aug2
Free First Friday at the Museum10:00 a.m.

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History offers free admission on the first Friday of the month. Investigate Oregon's amazing fossils and ecosystems, and delve into its...
Free First Friday at the Museum
September 1–August 2
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History offers free admission on the first Friday of the month. Investigate Oregon's amazing fossils and ecosystems, and delve into its cultural history—from the First Americans at Paisley Caves to the dynamic cultures of today's Tribes.

Aug9
FAMILY FUN IN THE SUN: Oregon’s Dino-Story10:00 a.m.

Join us in the museum’s courtyard this summer for lots of family fun with hands-on activities highlighting themes from the museum. Activities are bilingual English/Spanish...
FAMILY FUN IN THE SUN: Oregon’s Dino-Story
August 9–17
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Join us in the museum’s courtyard this summer for lots of family fun with hands-on activities highlighting themes from the museum. Activities are bilingual English/Spanish and perfect for children ages 3 and up.

Why are dinosaur fossils so rare here? Uncover the mystery of Oregon’s dinosaur history! Join us for this dino-mite adventure, learn about dinosaurs, and discover the clues that fossils reveal about Oregon during the Age of Dinosaurs.

Reservations are available for groups of 10 or more youth. Outdoor events are subject to change based on the weather. Please visit mnch.uoregon.edu for the most current information.

Aug12
Sunset Bay Geology Excursion8:00 a.m.

Explore the amazing landscapes and geology of the Oregon Coast with Marli Miller, UO geologist and author of Roadside Geology of Oregon. This small-group excursion will travel...
Sunset Bay Geology Excursion
August 12
8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Explore the amazing landscapes and geology of the Oregon Coast with Marli Miller, UO geologist and author of Roadside Geology of Oregon. This small-group excursion will travel from Eugene to the central Oregon Coast, exploring fascinating rock formations all along the way. Wear comfortable shoes and outdoor clothing, and bring a lunch.

$60 per person; $45 for MNCH members. Space is limited and preregistration is required. Transportation from the museum and back, snacks, and water will be provided. BYO lunch.

Aug23
FAMILY FUN IN THE SUN: Journey Under the Sea10:00 a.m.

Join us in the museum’s courtyard this summer for lots of family fun with hands-on activities highlighting themes from the museum. Activities are bilingual English/Spanish...
FAMILY FUN IN THE SUN: Journey Under the Sea
August 23–31
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Join us in the museum’s courtyard this summer for lots of family fun with hands-on activities highlighting themes from the museum. Activities are bilingual English/Spanish and perfect for children ages 3 and up.

Would you like to dive under the waves to explore the ocean? At the museum, you can jump in without getting wet! Discover amazing ocean ecosystems, like beautiful kelp forests or rugged, rocky reefs, and get inspired to protect Oregon's diverse ocean habitat and the animals that call it home.

Reservations are available for groups of 10 or more youth. Outdoor events are subject to change based on the weather. Please visit mnch.uoregon.edu for the most current information.

Aug24
Last Chance to see WOLVES: Photography by Ronan Donovan10:00 a.m.

Come face-to-face with wolves before the exhibit closes! Wolves: Photography by Ronan Donovan, features National Geographic photographer Ronan Donovan's stunning images and...
Last Chance to see WOLVES: Photography by Ronan Donovan
August 24–25
10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History

Come face-to-face with wolves before the exhibit closes! Wolves: Photography by Ronan Donovan, features National Geographic photographer Ronan Donovan's stunning images and videos of wild wolves in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and Ellesmere Island in the high Canadian Arctic.

Created by National Geographic Society and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the exhibit features images and videos highlighting the contrast between wolves that live in perceived competition with humans and wolves that live without human intervention.