For more than 60 years, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry has offered a hands-on approach to learning. OMSI features 219,000 square feet of interactive exhibits, a Northwest-revered planetarium, an impressive Omnimax Dome movie theatre, and yes, even a submarine.
The museum's nationally reputable educational programs, weekly camps and presentations make OMSI one of the top science museums in the country. But the stuffy title shouldn't fool visitors because the clear focus here is fun. Despite its popularity and prestige, there are rarely lines, no hushed voices, and handling most displays is encouraged – not punishable.
Located minutes from downtown Portland and right on the Willamette River, OMSI is ideal for families or anyone wanting to experience a Pink Floyd laser show (offered nightly). Although the museum offers exhibits primarily targeting younger crowds, more mature chaperones can't help but participate.
The Omnimax Dome Theatre screens various educational movies – such as Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk and Wild Ocean, but also occasionally shows mainstream films. And if Planet Earth on an HDTV is exhilarating, be prepared for total sensory overload watching films on this audience-surrounding screen.
A gratifying alternative to other family travel favorites such as the zoo or amusement parks, OMSI is an ideal fit for Portland visitors with children – or those young at heart.
- Tuesday through Sunday: 9:30am to 5:30pm
- Open Mondays when Portland Public Schools are closed
- Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas
- Adults: $11
- Youth (3-13), Seniors (63+): $9
- Omnimax Theatre: Adults: $8.50, Youth and Seniors: $6.50
- Planetarium: $5.50
- Laser Light Shows: $7.50 evening, $5.59 matinee
- Submarine Tours: $5.50
- Motion Stimulator: $4.75
- Bus Stop:
- 4-Division/Fessenden, 6-Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, 10-Harold St, 14-Hawthorne, 31-King Rd, 32-Oatfield, 33-McLoughlin to Hawthorne Bridge
- Location: 1945 SE Water Avenue Portland, OR
- Phone: 503-797-4000
- Website: www.omsi.edu