The MNCH is a nice smallish size, which makes it feel very do-able. There are plenty of hands-on things for littles to manipulate, as well as lots of interesting reading material for grownups. With exhibits on topics like archeology, ecology, and paleontology, there is something interesting for everyone to check out. High powered microscopes, stuffed animals (the kind that used to be alive, not the kind you can snuggle), high interest artifacts, and the world's oldest shoes (true story!) are all part of the fun. Littles can put on lab coats to collect rocks and dig for fossils, and there are backpacks at the front counter that you can check out for free. They have some fun extension activities in them, although my 3.5 year old was mostly interested in wearing the vest and carting around the puppet.
Parking: The MNCH has it's own little lot on 15th Ave, which is free. However, you have to go into the museum, get a pass, and go back out to put it on your dash, which is sort of a pain when you're corralling littles.
Food: no food to buy, and they don't let you eat inside anyway.
Resting/nursing spots: lots of benches throughout the building
Cost: general admission $5, kids 3-18 $3, kids 2 and under are free
***There are tons of opportunities to visit the MNCH for free:
*The first Friday of every month is free
*Every weekend with a home Duck football game is free
*Science Factory members get in free anytime
Time Frame: 60 minutes, 90 if you have littles who are old enough to read
There is a gift shop, but I don't really know what's in it since I avoid it like the plague - no need to ruin a perfectly lovely museum trip with my toddler breaking some expensive artifact replica. I DO know that they don't sell food. :)
With all of the material gathered in this little museum, this is an educational yet fun outing, even if you (like me) don't know anything about the giant sabertooth salmon (it's for reals!) Grab some friends and go! Happy Adventuring!
Museum or Natural and Cultural History
1680 E. 15th Ave. Eugene, 97403
Tuesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
General Admission: $5
FREE admission to the public on the first Friday of the month
Seniors (62+): $3
Youth (3-18): $3
Families (2 adults and up to 4 youth): $10
Children (2 and under): FREE
Museum Store only: FREE
MNCH Members, UO Students, Faculty, and Staff, and ASTC (Association of Science and Technology Centers) Members: FREE (with ID).