Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
What is it?
In 1896 a man by the name of John Cyprian Stevens challenged Oregonians to support a permanent site displaying Oregon’s rich natural resources. His suggestion was met with great enthusiasm by Oregonians who donated many of their own pieces in order to see J.C. Stevens’ dream become reality.
With “minor” setbacks, such as the Great Depression and World War II, Stevens’ dream wasn’t to be realized until 1946 when at last the first display of Oregon’s natural history objects was exhibited at the Portland Hotel. Now 65 years later, OMSI, as it was named in 1949, is a stunning 219,000 square foot building providing an inspiring and unique look at the people, history, and technology that are Oregon.
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, so you know they’re doing something right! Currently, OMSI has five exhibit halls with literally hundreds of interactive exhibits and hands-on displays to awaken the scientist in every child.
Take in the latest film showing at the OMNIMAX Theater; 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. Next, visit the Planetarium and experience an exciting laser-light show. Then, peer through the telescope of the Navy’s last non-nuclear, fast-attack submarine, the USS Blueback. Let the kids release some energy on the colorful and vibrant science playground and when you get hungry enjoy a meal at either the OMSI Café or Galileo’s.
Where is it?
Located just south of Portland on 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
OMSI is open daily 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Museum tickets: $12 Adults · $9 Youth (3-13) and Senior (63+)
OMNIMAX Theater tickets: $8.50 Adults · $6.50 Youth (3-13) and Senior (63+)
Planetarium: All seats are $5.75
The USS Blueback Submarine tour: $5.75
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