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Students Mara Taft (left) and Kaitlyn McDonough (right) collect coprolites for DNA analysis at Paisley Cave 2.

The University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History (MNCH) was established to further the general mission of the University by enhancing public knowledge of the natural history and anthropology of Oregon and the broader world.

    This is accomplished by:

  • Preserving objects illustrative of and significant to natural and cultural history.
  • Contributing to knowledge by promoting and facilitating research in appropriate fields.
  • Disseminating this knowledge to the Oregon public, through both formal instruction on campus  and public education outside the boundaries of the University.

MNCH provides research opportunities for Anthropology students and faculty through field projects and collections analyses, and museum experience through the public programs division. A number of undergraduate and graduate student programs exist, including Oregon Archaeology, Participatory Learning Experiences (PLE), summer field schools, graduate teaching fellowships, and internships. MNCH also has diverse offerings, including lectures, tours, and other events that are of interest to Anthropology faculty and students.
The Museum of Natural and Cultural History will be working to integrate their biological collections, including that developed by Patrick O’Grady (MNCH-Research Division) and the Condon Collection managed by Edward Davis (MNCH-Collections Division), with other biological collections on campus such as the UO Comparative Primate Collection (managed by Francis White) and the Zooarchaeology Laboratory (managed by Madonna Moss). Integration of all University of Oregon biological collections, in the name of data accessibility, is a shared aspiration among this community for the near future. This achievement requires communal efforts in various departments, and much of this integrative work, in addition to continuing curatorial maintenance, is made possible by students and faculty all over campus.
MNCH enjoys a close relationship with the Anthropology Department, as many on-campus anthropologists are involved in projects at the museum, in anthropological collections, and in the classroom. To see more about ongoing projects of Anthropologists at the Museum, click here.

For more information on MNCH programs and current events, please visit the website at http://natural-history.uoregon.edu

2011 UO Paisley Caves archaeological field school.