Eugene, OR Museums Come Together With MUSE

Museums of Springfield and Eugene organization (MUSE) include Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Oregon Air & Space Museum and the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History.

On Friday, April 29, 2011 - 00:18

Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Eugene, and with good reason. But there’s plenty to do inside as well, with multiple museums and other cultural venues. Many of the area's cultural attractions and museums are represented under the umbrella of MUSE, or Museums of Springfield-Eugene. Here's a look at a few of them.

The Oregon Air & Space Museum is an all-volunteer operation that museum acquires, restores and displays aircraft and artifacts that showcase the history of aviation and space technology, and also sponsors fly-ins and other events.

The museum recently purchased and restored a T34B trainer plane used by the U.S. Navy in the 1960s, finished work on an A4C Skyhawk and hung a 1943 Schweitzer training glider.

At the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon, exhibits stretch back over thousands of years. Known for its Condon fossil collection and basketry displays, the museum is Oregon's primary repository for anthropological and paleontological collections.

Today, as the premier natural and cultural history museum in the state of Oregon, the MNCH houses nearly 1 million ethnographic and archaeological objects and almost 100,000 fossils and biological specimens from Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and around the world.

The Jordan Schntizer Museum of Art, the University of Oregon’s art museum, opened its doors to the public in 1933.

Designed by Ellis F. Lawrence, UO dean of the School of Architecture & Allied Arts (1914-1946), the museum was built to house the Murray Warner Collection of Oriental Art—more than 3,000 objects given to the University by Gertrude Bass Warner in 1921 as a memorial to her late husband. The original collection primarily represented the cultures of China and Japan.

The Science Factory Children's Museum & Exploration Dome is a 10,000-square-foot facility designed to excite children about science, technology and humanity.

The non-profit museum, supported by local businesses, foundations, and individual members, includes a planetarium, classroom, computer laboratory, exhibit hall and meeting space.

For more information on MUSE and its members, visit

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