As Oregon's second most culturally diverse town, Eugene has plenty of museums and inside attractions to offer for those (many) rainy days. The University of Oregon campus is a tourist attraction in and of itself--the 250 acres offer ivy-covered buildings, some as old as 1870s, and tree-lined footpaths and impressive landscaping. The UO also is home to a couple of Eugene's favorite museums. The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the main quad of the university has an excellent collection of Asian art, as well as African art, Russian icon paintings, Rodin sculptures and changing exhibits. The U of O Museum of Natural History has exhibits that focus on Oregon's ancient people and animals, and the changing exhibits draw attention to other cultures. This musem's prized possession is a 9,000 year old pair of shoes. The Maude Kerns Art Center is Eugene's best known art center with changing exhibits.

Eugene has plenty of offbeat attractions as well. The Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House, a historic home on the south slope of Skinner's Butte, is a Eugene landmark with its elaborate Late Queen Anne Revival style architecture and ornately landscaped grounds. The Nike Museum in the Nike Store chronicles the famous brand (which was started in Eugene) and Eugene's history as "Track Town, USA." If you're dying to know about the evolution about the telephone, visit the Telephone Pioneer Museum on the first floor of the Qwest building on East 10th Avenue (only open on Thursdays). A well-kept secret, the Oregon Air and Space Museum has an excellent collection of military jets and numerous rare aircraft engines.