Help us serve our mission. 

With your support, the museum will enhance knowledge and inspire stewardship for generations to come.

From direct monetary support to planned giving to volunteering, gifts to the museum come in many forms. To learn more about how to give, contact Jeff Brown at 541-913-2793 or Thank you for your support! 


Annual Gifts

By giving to the museum, you help to protect and interpret our collective heritage, provide transformative educational experiences, and promote scientific research.  

Annual or direct monetary gifts can be made in three ways:

  • Online through the UO Foundation 
  • In person Wednesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and until 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays
  • By mail to:
    Museum of Natural and Cultural History
    1224 University of Oregon
    Eugene, OR 97403

For more information on annual giving, contact Deidre Sandvick, Thank you for your support! 

Planned Gifts

Planned gifts create a legacy of support for the museum’s future. For more information about including the museum in your estate plan, or making a gift that will provide you with income and reduce your taxes, please contact Jeff Brown at 541-913-2793 or

Collections Gifts

The museum houses world-class collections spanning ethnographic and archaeological materials, fossil and biological specimens, and much more.

Interested in donating an item or collection to the museum? Potential gifts to collections are evaluated by our staff to ensure that they fit within our mission. To learn more, please contact the appropriate museum division:

Gifts of Time: Volunteering at the Museum
Volunteering at the MNCH


Are you passionate about natural and cultural history? Want to share your enthusiasm with others? Volunteering at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History might be for you! Questions? Email or call 541-346-1717.


Trainings for Public Programs volunteers are offered once to twice a year and are required for all new volunteers.

If your volunteer application is accepted during the recruitment period, you'll be invited to register for a training. The entire training series costs $40 and includes a one-year individual membership to the museum (a $40 value) plus materials and supplies. All sessions are held at the museum.

Volunteer Positions

  • Exhibit Hall Interpreters provide the personalized experiences and perspectives that make museum trips memorable and meaningful for our visitors.
  • Educational Program Instructor inspire curiosity and critical thinking about Oregon's past and present and lead hands-on activities for K-12 classes and community members.
  • Visitor Services Volunteers staff special events, share information about membership, and greet visitors.
  • Youth volunteers 

Aside from making a difference in our community and making new friends, volunteering at the MNCH comes with a variety of great rewards, including

  • A certificate in museum interpretation
  • Trainings that further your education
  • A complimentary one-year membership to the MNCH, with upgrade options
  • Invitations to special museum events
  • Job references  
  • 10% off museum store purchases
  • Invitation to our annual volunteer appreciation luncheon
  • Quarterly volunteer meet-ups

For more information, contact the museum's volunteer coordinator at or 541-346-1717.

Interested in volunteering with the Collections or Research Divisions?  Contact these divisions directly: