Eugene Tourist Attractions
Eugene, which is separated from its neighbour town of Springfield by the Willamette River, is the seat of the University of Oregon, which has a Museum of Art with an excellent collection of Asian art.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon in Eugene features an extensive collection of pieces of American, European, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese art. The collection began with the Murray Warner Collection of Oriental Art, donated to the University by Gertrude Bass Warner to commemorate her late husband. The collection was largely Asian based.The museum opened in 1933 and since that time it has expanded its collection considerably. The emphasis still on Asian art but also includes major additions of Pacific Northwest, Russian, and European Art, as well as others. In fact, today visitors will even find works by Oregon artists. Pieces include old master prints, paintings, photographs, and contemporary art. There is always something new at the museum, with changing exhibits that includes works from the permanent collection, pieces on loan, or traveling exhibitions.The building which houses the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art was designed by Ellis F. Lawrence, who was at one time the dean of the School of Architecture & Allied Arts at the University of Oregon. It features lovely brickwork and iron grillwork and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In the 1990s the museum underwent major renovation and expansion to allow for more gallery space. When it re-opened in 2002 the name was changed to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.
Address: 1430 Johnson Lane, Eugene, OR 97403-1233, United States
Opening hours: 11am-5pm; Wed: 11am-8pm; Closed: Mon, Tue
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), American Independance Day (Jul 4), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), New Year's Eve (Dec 31), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $5.00, Senior over 62 $3.00, Child 18 & under FREE
Useful tips: Free admission on first Friday of each month.
Facilities: Gift shop, Restaurant or food service
Hult Center for the Performing Arts
At the heart of Eugene's rich cultural scene is the Hult Center for the Performing Arts. All kinds of entertainment can be found here throughout the year, from jazz to opera. Resident companies which call the Hult Center home include the Eugene Ballet Company, the Eugene Concert Choir, the Eugene Opera, the Eugene Symphony, the Oregon Mozart Players, the Shedd Institute, and the Oregon Bach Festival. Approximately 700 events are held hear each year. In addition to the performing arts, the Center also features a permanent art collection, which can be seen throughout the building, and temporary art exhibitions which are displayed in the Jacobs Gallery. It is truly the place to come for anyone interested in the arts.This large facility, containing the Cuthbert Amphitheater, the Silva Concert Hall, and the Soreng Theater, is known for its architecture and acoustic design. The Hult Center for the Performing Arts opened in 1982 and has been an important part of Eugene's history ever since.
Museum of Natural History
The Museum of Natural History in Eugene is run by the University of Oregon. It focuses on the natural history and cultural history of the area over 15,000 years. The collection includes native cultural and archaeological artifacts.
Oregon Air and Space Museum
The Oregon Air and Space Museum in Eugene is located on the south end of the Eugene airport. It features displays relating to aviation and aviation history. Planes on display include a Fokker Triplane, an F-4 Phantom and a MiG-17.
Lane County Historical Museum
The Lane County Historical Museum in Eugene features items related to the history of Lane County and the early pioneers.
Address: 740 West 13th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97402-4010, United States
Opening hours: 10am-4pm; Closed: Sun, Mon
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $3.00, Senior $2.00, Child 17 & under $.75
Disability Access: Partial facilities for persons with disabilities.
Facilities: Gift shop
The Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House in Eugene was built in 1888. The Victorian mansion is owned by the city.
The Science Factory
The Willamette Science & Technology Center in Eugene provides educational interactive displays for children and students.
Address: 2300 Leo Harris Parkway, Eugene, OR 97401-8834, United States
Opening hours: 10am-4pm; Closed: Mon, Tue
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Memorial Day - USA (last Monday, May), American Independance Day (Jul 4), Labor Day - USA (1st Monday, Sep), Thanksgiving - USA (4th Thursday, Nov), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24)
Entrance fee in USD: Adult $4.00, Senior $3.00, Child 2 & under FREE
Useful tips: Tuesday are open for field trips only.