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  • 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.
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    1945 SE Water Ave
    Portland, OR US
  • Beard's Framing
    When it was founded in 1987, Frame Central was a social hub for artists, and was even curiously named for facial hair. However, Beard Outlet has since morphed into a seven-location franchise, dedicated to simplifying the framing process. The shops’ onsite stock of matboard, frame moulding, and other key supplies ensures speedy DIY framing projects—which visitors can complete in an hour—and single-day professional framing. An array of pre-framed mirrors and artwork allows shoppers to enhance their blank walls without taping a napping friend to them. Shoppers can also stock up on framing supplies such as case glass and hanging hardware.
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    7545 SW Barnes Rd Ste 117
    Portland, OR US
  • Twilite Limousine and Tour Company
    Twilite Limousine and Tour Company began in 2009 with a single stretch limo. Today, they provide Car and Limousine Services with some of the finest luxury SUV?s, Limousines, and Vintage-Replica Trolley Buses in the Portland Metropolitan Area at competitive rates for the region. Clients charter vehicles, such as 18-seat stretch SUV's, for private excursions, such as anniversaries, birthdays, and bachelorette parties, as well as guided tours to wine country and through the city?s holiday-light displays.
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    16550 SE McLoughlin Blvd
    Portland, OR US
  • Museum of Contemporary Craft
    The Portland Mercury featured the Museum of Contemporary Craft and Frommer's very highly recommends it. More than 2,800 Facebookers are fans of the museum and Yelpers award it a perfect five-star average:
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    724 NW Davis St
    Portland, OR US
  • Elements Glass
    As one of the largest glassblowing facilities in Portland, Elements Glass is the hub of the area's glassblowing scene, providing studio space and schooling for local artists and ambitious amateurs. During the introductory class, students learn how to craft a one-of-a-kind glass float, choosing their own colors and breathing life into their beautiful bauble over the course of 30–45 minutes. Those who love art but dislike respiration can skip the studio and head straight to the store, which populated by translucent treasures from a range of local glass gurus.
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    1979 NW Vaughn St
    Portland, OR US
  • FrightTown
    Hailed as the "scariest and best haunted attraction in the entire state of Oregon" by HauntWorld.com, FrightTown has elicited hair-raising screams for a decade. As its name suggests, FrightTown isn't just a single haunted house: it's a whole city block's worth of scares spread out across three very different haunts. Though the themes and the names of these haunts may stay the same from one year to the next, FrightTown overhauls each one annually to ensure that even the most loyal masochists find new reasons to scream around every turn. As of 2014, FrightTown's longest-running attraction is Baron Von Goolo's Museum of Horrors. This madhouse mixes humor and horror into one unpredictable experience that leaves people simultaneously scratching their heads and sprinting for the door, just like a high-school calculus class.
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    300 N Winning Way
    Portland, OR US
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