Collections and Exhibits

Our collections of rocks, minerals, and fossils are a resource for exhibits and research. They are a TREASURE - icons of our natural heritage.  Among our paleontology collections feature remains of ancient Mesozoic sea life, dinosaur bones, and primitive baleen whales, while our geology collections include calcite, amethyst and a host of other minerals.


The lobby of the State Office Building in Northeast Portland includes a cooperative exhibit with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.  In it are 25 million-year-old fossil mammals from eastern Oregon, all from our collections.  We are working, as well,  with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). The Earth Science lab at OMSI is an interactive exhibit in which volunteers are preparing specimens, most of which are on loan from us.  These include much of a 66 million-year-old skeleton of Triceratops as well as a 30 million-year-old baleen whale, one of the first to have arisen from primitive toothed whales. We had a recent display in the Tigard Public Library of the first dinosaur bone discovered in Oregon, discussed below.