Museum of Natural and Cultural History

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History (MNCH) at the University of Oregon is the state repository for anthropological collections and the premier natural and cultural history museum in the state. Exhibitions illustrate 15,000 years of cultural history and 200 million years of geology, and provide learning experiences for visitors of all ages. Through interpretative exhibits, family events, field trips, classes, lectures and more, the MNCH’s research and collections come to life.

The MNCH is an authentic Central Cascades experience, presenting the rich texture of Native American lifeways in the Central Cascades, artifacts and contemporary pieces from the region, including 10,000-year-old sandals – the oldest shoes in the world – as well as natural and geological environments.

By portraying Oregon’s cultural and natural history, the great diversity of peoples, landscapes and lifeways are highlighted. Visitors are encouraged to explore the state with respect for the fragility of ecosystems and the importance of heritage preservation. The MNCH sparks interest, respect and knowledge, and inspires visitors to become active stewards of the environment and Oregon’s cultural heritage.

  • ADA accessible
  • Fee required
  • Trained guides available
  • Interpretive signage
  • Visitor center on site

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