Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

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1945 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214 1945 SE Water Ave., Portland Directions
+15032309793
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Report | 11 hours ago
Great place for the family. My kids love coming here.
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Report | 13 hours ago
Know in advance the membership package you have as some attractions are an extra fee if not covered in your membership. Wear comfy shoes and enjoy the fun! :)
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Report | 15 hours ago
I love their science playground for kiddos under 6! Very fun!
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Report | a day ago
If you are planning to go very often, upgrade and get a family pass and a, $10 parking pass and then it's free so you feel like you can go anytime you and you don't even have to pay for parking. What a deal!!!
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Report | 2 days ago
Wait to do any of the water activities until the end of your visit because the kids get soaked even with the water aprons/shirts. :) Or bring a change of clothes! It's a lot of fun.
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Report | 4 days ago
it will take more than 1 trip
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Report | 7 days ago
Fun for both kids and adults. Food prices are very high so we left, found lunch elsewhere then returned to continue our day at OMSI.
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Report | 8 days ago
$5 parking
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Report | 8 days ago
Explore everything! Give yourselves enough time to go to every exhibit! The Planetarium is awesome and so is the Omnimax!
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Report | 9 days ago
Weekends will probably be very busy. Possibly try going during the week for a first time visit. The children's area has a water and sand area, so bring a change of clothes for the kids, it can get wet! :)

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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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