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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Lots of family fun!
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Great museum for kids and adults I really enjoy Theory, their restaurant, it's not your typical museum snack bar
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Great deal! Thanks!
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Lots of interactive exhibits that are fun for the whole family Might need an extra dry shirt if you play in the water
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Get the parking pass for ten bucks, good for a year with your membership!
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The one downside is a lack of on-site eating areas if you bring your own lunch. The staff could offer no suggestions about where to eat our sack lunch so we ended up sitting on the concrete sidewalk out front. At least it was in the shade. Otherwise, we had a great time and will probably be back.
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Go early, go often!
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Bring food if u choose to go during meal time we went to the Theroy restruant and i bit into a rock and broke my tooth. Now in a battle to hv my tooth fixed
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You'd be surprised how much children under 6 can also enjoy it! Even toddlers!
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OMSI is now charging $5 for parking. So if you don't find a free spot on the streets, remember your parking space number and tell them at the desk when you go in to buy your tickets. Members are charged less, I think $4, but I bought an annual parking pass for $10. Certainly worth it if you plan to return a couple of times this year.
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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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