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About Sternberg

The Sternberg Museum of Natural History advances an appreciation and understanding of Earth’s natural history and the evolutionary forces that impact it. With an emphasis on the Great Plains, our goals are accomplished through research, publications, collections, interpretive exhibits, and educational programs created by our staff, colleagues, and community.

The Museum


Be sure the check out the current list of temporary exhibits and pay us a visit before they're gone!

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Sternberg Science Camps

Outdoor exploration is at the heart of our science camps and programs. Getting students outside interacting with nature, each other and instructors helps to anchor our lessons with powerful firsthand experiences. We look forward to sharing the wonder of science and exploration with you this summer!

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Brandon Schmidt

“This trip, overall, was the greatest life changing experience for me. It was like being so far away from all my troubles and so close to nature, and it gave me a sense of fulfillment. I like to say that it took nine days and 2,800 miles in total to make me feel as though I’m certain that I want to dedicate my life to biology and the natural sciences.”

Brandon Schmidt

Southwest Wildlife Biology Camp (2018, 2019)

Addison Lacy

“This camp was a great experience. I especially enjoyed taking a hike to the paleosols in John Day Fossil Beds National Monument. Ever since I was three years old, I’ve wanted to go into the field of paleontology. Going to camp really helped me see how much I love learning about paleontology and geology, and expand my knowledge on these subjects.

Addison Lacy

Paleontology Explorers Oregon (2019, accepted for 2020)

Latest News


Grandeur in this View Premiere


Join us for an evening of art, conversation, and refreshments! See the premiere of Grandeur In This View and a special presentation given by Dr. Wilson on Saturday, September 17th, from 7 to 9 pm.... more


Defiance Brewing Co. and Sternberg Museum's Beer Collaboration


The Sternberg Museum of Natural History is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the discovery of the Fish-Within-a-Fish with Defiance Brewing Company’s latest creation Gillicus Island, named after the famous fossil. Gillicus Island is a wonderful New England-style IPA, loaded with Sabro, Citra, and M... more




Be the first to see the world premiere of Sahara Sea Monsters, an immersive exhibition transporting visitors through the prehistoric oceans of what is now the Sahara. Discover massive mosasaurs, terrifying trilobites, and other outlandish invertebrates. These creatures defy imagination and make up t... more


In Search of Earth's Secrets


Funded by the National Science Foundation, In Search of Earth's Secrets is a 5-year project designed to create exciting “pop-up” science events in the style of pop-up restaurants, stores, and art fairs. Bringing high-quality earth and ocean science content to rural and urban communities with tradit... more

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