The true heart of Eugene lies southeast of the city center at its university. Several fine old buildings can be seen on the 250-acre campus; Deady Hall, built in 1876, is the oldest. More than 400 varieties of trees grace the bucolic grounds, along with outdoor sculptures that include The Pioneer and The Pioneer Mother. The two bronze figures by Alexander Phimster Proctor were dedicated to the men and women who settled the Oregon Territory and less than a generation later founded the university.
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Works from the 20th and 21st centuries are a specialty in these handsome galleries on the University of Oregon campus. They feature works by many leading Pacific Northwest artists, and European, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese works are also on view, as are 300 works commissioned by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s and '40s. You can also view an ever-changing collection of important works from private collections by
internationally recognized artists through the museum's Masterworks On Loan program. Located 1430 Johnson La., 97403. 541/346–3027. jsma.uoregon.edu. $5. Tues.–Sun. 11–5, Wed. 11–8.
University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History. Relics on display are devoted to Pacific Northwest anthropology and the natural sciences. Highlights include the fossil collection of Thomas Condon, Oregon's first geologist, and a pair of 9,000-year-old sandals made of sgaebrush. 1680 E. 15th Ave., 97403. 541/346–3024. natural-history.uoregon.edu. $5. Tues.–Sun. 11–5.