Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
OMSI is ranked one of the top science centers in the United States and boasts an international reputation for its innovative exhibits. The museum receives over 1 million visitors a year. Currently, OMSI has five exhibit halls with hundreds of interactive exhibits and hands-on displays to awaken the scientist in every child and adult.
OMSI was originally created in 1896 by John Cyprian Stevens as a challenge for Oregonians to create a permanent display of Oregon’s natural resources. Over time there were many struggles such as the Great Depression and World War II. In 1949, OMSI finally became a reality. Over 65 years later it is housed in a 219,000 square foot building providing an inspiring and unique look at the people, history, and technology found around the state of Oregon.
Onsite you’ll find the OMNIMAX Theater showing the latest films. It is a five-story domed screen with stadium seating. The 2D IMAX projection system uses the largest frame in the history of the motion picture industry. There is also a Planetarium , where you can experience an exciting laser-light show. Next peer through the telescope of the Navy’s last non-nuclear, fast-attack submarine, the USS Blueback. If the kids have extra energy take them to the colorful and vibrant science playground. When you get hungry enjoy a meal at either the OMSI Café or Galileo’s.
If you are 21+ and looking for some extra fun, try OMSI After Dark or the Science Pub. OMSI After Dark is a night filled with games and talks in regards to a specific topic, which is specifically designed for adults. The Science Pub includes a presentation by a professor on a given subject at a location in either Eugene, Corvallis, Portland, or Hillsboro. The dates and themes for both events, vary throughout the year, be sure to check out their websites for more information.
Where is it?
Located just south of the Marquam Bridge, along the east bank of the Willamette River, only 44.5 miles from Whispering Woods Resort, OMSI is an easy 1 hour drive, located at: 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214-3354.
Fall museum hours include: Tuesday through Sunday 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. Different hours occur throughout the year, so be sure to check the website for specific hours. Also, OMSI is closed Mondays when Portland Public Schools are in session, if school is closed for the day, OMSI is open. Also, closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Museum tickets: $13.5 Adults · $9.5 Youth (3-13) & Senior (63+)
Empiracle Theater tickets: $7-$8.50 Adults · $6-$6.50 Youth (3-13) and Senior (63+)
Planetarium: All seats are $5.75-$7.5
The USS Blueback Submarine tours: $6.75
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