Museums and galleries on the UO campus
Yeah, you can Google just about anything, but seeing the real thing is a whole different experience. Want to examine the fossilized skeleton of a nine foot ground sloth that roamed Oregon millions of years ago? Or peruse the original drafts of University of Oregon alumnus Ken Kesey’s groundbreaking novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest? How about taking in an exhibition featuring representations of football in American art from the Civil War till the present? (You can do just that when “Scrimmage” is on view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art through December 31, 2016.)
Millions of unique and fascinating objects and artifacts comprise the collections housed in the UO’s museums, galleries, and libraries. And temporary exhibitions ensure there’s always something new on view.
Look for these by number on the campus map.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
With a full schedule of rotating exhibitions, outstanding collections of Asian and Northwest art, and a Masterworks on Loan program featuring important pieces by some of the world’s most prominent artists, the JSMA, as it’s known on campus, offers a world-class art experience. Linger for lunch at Marché, the museum café, and don’t miss the peaceful central courtyard with its intricate stone carvings and reflecting pool—the 1933 building is on the National Register for Historic Places.
Museum of Natural and Cultural History
This museum got its start in the late 1800s, when Thomas Condon, one of the university’s first three faculty members, created an extensive study collection of fossils. The Condon Collection is still here, and has been joined by hundreds of thousands of ethnographic and archaeological objects, fossils, and biological specimens to form Oregon’s primary repository for publicly owned collections. Explore Oregon, a new, permanent exhibition representing 300 million years of Northwest natural history, offers a fun and educational experience for children and adults alike.
Knight Library, next door to the Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum on the campus’s main quad, houses much more than books. The library’s Special Collections and University Archives provide a trove of fascinating materials to draw on for special exhibits, which often relate to topical or historical events and academic interests, or highlight new acquisitions.
Other libraries on campus include the Allan Price Science Commons and Research Library (which just received a major expansion), the Architecture and Allied Arts Library, the John E. Jaqua Law Library, the Mathematics Library, and the Global Scholars Hall Library Commons.
LaVerne Krause Gallery
Named for a beloved UO painting and printmaking teacher who was a staunch advocate for student exhibition opportunities, this gallery features new exhibitions each week of works by students in the School of Architecture and Allied Arts. The space is located in Lawrence Hall, where most art classes take place, and is open Mondays through Fridays during fall, winter, and spring terms.
If you want to see more art around town, check out the First Friday Art Walk in downtown Eugene, where you can take a guided tour or explore on your own beginning at 5:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month, year round. Visit lanearts.org/first-friday-artwalk or call 541-485-2278 for details.