For $5, today's side deal gets you an admission to OMSI After Dark (a $10 value) at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). From 6 p.m.–10 p.m. on Wednesday, September 22, adults will have the opportunity to boldly go where thousands have gone before while enjoying a bevy of bonus features.
The kid-free event features live demonstrations, a stellar planetarium show with laser lights accompanying the music of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pink Floyd, and well-rounded presentations with Science on a Sphere, a six-foot-high, high-tech suspended globe. Visitors can see the world through the eyes of Einstein, or chat up SAMSON, one of the most complete fossils of a T. Rex dinosaur, whose 40-foot frame is 66 million years old. OMNIMAX shows include Adrenaline Rush: The Science of Risk and the Johnny Depp- and Kate Winslet-narrated Deep Sea. OMSI After Dark will also include samples of local, sustainable eats and drinks, along with cash bars for those who desire full-sized sips.
This Groupon is only valid for guests 21 and over with valid ID. OMSI After Dark is free for OMSI members.
- We found the museum filled with grown-ups truly enjoying themselves. We watched as they turned knobs, adjusted demonstration equipment, and pulled levers that made objects shoot in the air, roll down inclines, and create patterns – all in the pursuit of science, of course. – David F. Ashton, East Portland News
- Agghhhhhhh! Fun!!!!!! Maybe it's the drinks, but really it's the fun exhibits that lead to hours of laughs, teasing, and rambunctiously running around. – Claire W., Yelp
The entire Earth spins inside of OMSI, 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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