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Welcome to the Northwest Museum of Natural History

About Us

Our Mission

Making connections with our natural world - experiencing nature to better know ourselves.

About Us

We are interested in encouraging people to explore our natural heritage - with an Oregon focus. We strive to stimulate interest in our geological and biological histories through field trips in Oregon, research into local topics, and displays based in part on our collections.

While we do not presently have an independent exhibit facility, we exhibit some of our collections in a cooperative effort with other organizations (see collections). We just built a new  traveling exhibit that features Oregon's first dinosaur find. 

Join us to spend a little time simply  to take in the landscapes, plants, and animals among which we live.


Above: Ice age baleen whale one million years old. Right: Exploring a dissected Cascade volcano. Photograph courtesy  of Bill Calder.


Contact:  dtaylor@nwmuseum.org   (503) 358-9030