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.HistoryThe 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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  • Took my 2 & 4 year old grandkids to the giants at the museum day. I expected more displays of dinosaurs but the sloth was interesting. Having just been to fort rock a few weeks earlier it was thrillin...  more »
  • A small museum, but with much scientific information from the State. Information on exposure and on questions out of the same
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  • For a small museum, it was good at what it was trying to do. The exhibits on the geology of Oregon were worthwhile. Doesn’t take long  more »
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  • This museum is near the U of O campus in Eugene Oregon. And has lots of meat displays. When we were there they had some of the oldest shoes that were ever made on display. It was great to go to. It was easy to find a parking spot on the weekend. They have an outside garden also to walk around with some artwork in it. And if you also have time you can go walk around and look at the nice old buildings on the U of O campus.
  • Wonderful visitors center with interactive displays that both adults and kids can enjoy.
  • This is a amazing museum! The staff was great. Mr Connor greeted us and Ms Brianna. They were our host and hostess and they made sure our experience at the natural and cultural museum was one that we will return to with friends.
  • Unique museum. Learned things about the Pacific Northwest I didn’t know. Well done!
  • The price for admission was way to high for the amount of attraction they had at the place. I was not impresses.
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