Museum of Natural and Cultural History, Eugene

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The University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, commonly known as the UO Natural History Museum, is an American natural history museum at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Located near Hayward Field on the east side of the UO campus, it is the largest natural history museum between Seattle and San Francisco and a center for archaeological and paleontological research in the Pacific Northwest and the wider world. The museum headquarters and public spaces are located at 1680 East 15th Avenue in a building inspired by the design of Pacific Northwest Native longhouses.
The museum traces its origins to the creation of the University of Oregon in 1876, when state geologist Thomas Condon was hired as one of the first three UO professors, bringing his extensive fossil collection with him. The Oregon State Legislative Assembly created the Oregon State Museum of Anthropology (OSMA) at the UO in 1935, under the direction of archaeologist Luther Cressman. In 1936, the Condon Museum and State Museum of Anthropology were folded into the newly created UO Museum of Natural History, also directed by Luther Cressman. Since Cressman retired in the 1960s, the museum has had a series of distinguished directors, including J. Arnold Shotwell, Alice Parman, Don Dumond, C. Melvin Aikens, and now Jon Erlandson.
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  • What a little gem of a museum. There are docents who are eager to help and friendly. The exhibits are plentiful considering the size and scope of the museum and highly informative.  more »
  • Surprisingly well organized and well designed exhibits since I last visited. Of peak interest is the detailed explanations of the subduction zone earthquake with lots of maps and video models. I am...  more »
  • Awesome little museum that had great information with a variety of subjects. We spend a good hour here, and there was plenty of activities that kept both adults and kids entertained.
  • Inexpensive way to kill a couple of hours with curious school aged kids! Lots to read and learn about, including historic artifacts, local nature, native history, and earthquakes and volcanoes. Definitely worth a visit.

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