Eugene Museums & History

Eugene Museums & HistoryAll that came before enables us to learn where to go from here. That is the overriding lesson that the various museums and historical sites in Eugene teach its many visitors. And aside from the dramatic retelling of those historic time periods and scores of artifacts and mementos from those bygone eras, there is also the powerful effect of nature to help tell the stories that are still very much alive in this very special part of the world.

Cascades Raptor Center
Eugene is a place that proudly shows its unbreakable link to its natural surroundings. And nowhere is that bond more obvious than at the Cascades Raptor Center. This facility has built its impressive reputation as a wildlife hospital by extensively rehabilitating birds and other species before re-releasing them into their natural habitats. During your visit you can also see an amazing array of over 60 birds from 33 species.

Address: 32275 Fox Hollow Road, Eugene, OR - MAP
Phone: (541) 485-1320
Web: www.eraptors.org

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art has a simple mission: To enrich people's lives by providing the opportunity to learn more about art. And, judging from the many accolades it has amassed, the facility is accomplishing its mission quite admirably. The museum is a part of the University of Oregon and provides not only the enjoyment of art for the general public, it also works to educate the many students who look to the museum for both knowledge and inspiration.

Address: 1430 Johnson Lane, Eugene, OR - MAP
Phone: (541) 346-3027
Web: jsma.uoregon.edu

Science Factory's Children's Museum & Exploration Dome
A child's inquisitive nature is something that every adult can identify with. So whether you are young or old, that spirit of wanting to find out more about the world around you will make your visit to the Science Factory's Children's Museum and Exploration Dome all the more exciting. The many interactive exhibits encourage a hands-on approach. Visitors can learn about various aspects of science and technology as well as enjoy full-dome videos that are absolutely captivating. There is also a Tot Spot, special and seasonal events, and special classes.

Address: 2300 Leo Harris Parkway, Eugene, OR 97401 - MAP
Phone: (541) 484-9027
Web: www.sciencefactory.org

Shelton McMurphey Johnson House
The Victorian era was a period where everything took on a truly regal look and feel. Instead of just reading about it in a history book, you can actually step back in time to visit that era when you tour the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House. This is the area's only Victorian House Museum. The incredibly detailed furnishings and a generous selection of vintage items and artifacts add to the total authenticity of the experience. This popular museum is open to the public year round.

Address: 303 Willamette Street, Eugene, OR - MAP
Phone: (541) 484-0808
Web: www.smjhouse.org

University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History
When you dig deep, you never know what you'll find. Getting below the surface of history and cultural traditions will allow you to gain a deeper understanding, and there's no better place to do that in Eugene than at the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Here, the past is present in so many colorful and multidimensional ways. You'll be able to experience an amazing 15,000 years of Oregon's cultural history as well as an equally stunning 200 million years of geology. Get ready, because the trip is a dramatic one, with adventure at nearly every turn.

Address: 1680 East 15th Avenue, Eugene, OR - MAP
Phone: (541) 346-3024
Web: natural-history.uoregon.edu

Lane County Historical Society & Museum
When you think about it, the history you sometimes find in your own back yard can be truly amazing. That element of surprise and discovery is what makes a visit to the Lane County Historical Society and Museum so much fun. This fascinating venue was established to collect, preserve and interpret the history of Lane County. It accomplishes its mission quite well through the use of various exhibits, presentations and children's educational programs.

Address: 740 West 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402 - MAP
Phone: (541) 682-4239
Web: www.lanecountyhistoricalsociety.org