History museums instill wonder in children who have become bored with their own closets full of skeletons. Discover a body of knowledge with this GrouponLive deal.
- $36 for two tickets to the "Mummies of the World" exhibit (up to a $42 value) with two audio tours (a $10 value) and one DVD (a $19.99 value; up to a $71.99 total value)
- When: August 12–September 8
- Where: Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
- General admission
- Door time: 9:30 a.m. every day
- Ticket values include all fees.
The value of this deal is based on regular ticket prices and doesn't reflect student or senior discounts.
"Mummies of the World"
The "Mummies of the World" exhibit stands as one of the largest of its kind with more 50 specimens from faraway areas and eras. From the 6,420-year-old child mummy found in the outskirts of Peru to the Argentinean howler monkey that still bears a frozen, fierce expression as well as a feathered skirt and headdress, the specimens aim to both intrigue the mind and provide insights into the traditions of ancient life. View mummies recovered from Ancient Egypt, South America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia, and soundtrack the experience with deeper insights courteous of the included audio tour.
Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
The entire Earth spins inside of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. It's as if visitors have launched into outer space, where they can see everything—clouds forming over North America, hurricanes churning in the tropics, and millions of animals in migration. Night falls, and the major cities light up Earth's continents like misshapen Christmas trees. Just then, the planet disappears, and in its place rises a spinning orb of fire and violent solar storms: the sun. The display, appropriately titled Science On a Sphere, is actually a 6-foot animated globe powered by a series of video projectors. It serves as the perfect centerpiece for OMSI's Earth Hall, which explores geology, tectonics, and everything else that makes Earth a living planet. The hall's exhibits let visitors control wind turbines and launch satellites into space.
Earth Hall is only one section of the museum, however. More hands-on activities wait within Turbine Hall, where kids design bridges and boats. Visitors can tour the USS Blueback, a U.S. Navy attack submarine that guarded the Pacific for 31 years, or gaze towards the heavens inside of Kendall Planetarium, which uses real-time 3D graphics to transport audiences into the very heart of black holes. Even Theory, the onsite eatery, has an educational focus. The restaurant's displays explore food sciences while Chef Ryan Morgan and his team use local ingredients to cook meals in full view.
Although every corner of OMSI sparks scientific curiosity, the museum's educational programs take things one step further. The faculty hosts astronomy camps and teaches 50-minute interactive labs in which kids might make soap or dissect a squid—a requisite skill for any future biologist or sushi chef.