Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI)

Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI)

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    Robert M.
    "OMSI After Dark, Beer, OMSI, No Kids, Need I say more!"(7 Tips)
    Peter E.
    "Do one of the laser shows in the planetarium."(4 Tips)
    Maryn G.
    "The submarine tour is a must!"(3 Tips)
    Carmen N.
    "Science Playground for little kids"(3 Tips)
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  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KrallSeptember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Every PDX family should have a membership here. It pays for itself in two visits and there is always something great to check out. Also, tons of partner museums as well that accept your membership.
  • Ashley G.
    Ashley GysinNovember 14, 2013
    Amazing thing to do with kids (and fun for adults). Tons of educational games and things to play with. The laser light shows are great, as are the Omnimax movies. Worth the cost for a day of fun.
  • Isabelle L.heart icon on user image
    Isabelle LopezAugust 28, 2016
    Best place to take my kids. the 0-6 year old room is their favorite. The pizza in the cafeteria is wonderful. I recommend getting a membership it pays for itself after a couple visits.
  • Paul L.heart icon on user image
    Paul LewandowskiFebruary 20, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    The 'Beginning the Journey' exhibit is intense. The miracle of life is so evident through this amazing and haunting display of embryos, fetuses, and essentially babies that never made it to birth.
  • Peter B.
    Peter BankaApril 21, 2014
    Has always been a great place to take the little ones. My kids tat 16 and 18 thought they outgrew OMSI and were surprised to find that OMSI was still for them!
  • Team Coco
    Team CocoNovember 11, 2011
    "The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry contains a variety of hands-on exhibits based on physical science. Blah, blah, blah, why aren’t you at a brewery?" - Conan O'Brien
  • Randy S.
    Randy SmithDecember 3, 2013
    Watch your timing between events, easy to lose track in one and miss another. Building layout does not flow well between main attractions. Sherlock Holmes exhibit is excellent.
  • TDM A.heart icon on user image
    TDM Ad-HoldJune 6, 2014
    I love their on-hold music - classic and soothing, even though you barely have to hold when you call in. What's not to love about OMSI!
  • Fire F.heart icon on user image
    Fire FlyJune 23, 2015
    OMSI is probably one of my favorite museums in the world! They always have a new exhibit, and one time they even had real mummies from around the world in the museum!
  • Lynn H.
    Lynn HolmSeptember 11, 2011
    I think OMSI Science Playground is better than entire PDX Children's Museum. For adults actually interested in SCIENCE and INDUSTRY, there's plenty to see/do. Best place to get food: Galileo by IMAX.
  • Jeffrey L. A.
    Jeffrey L. AlejandriaMarch 10, 2020
    Go do the submarine tour. Cramp spaces are worth it if you're a sumidge into history.
  • ᴡ P.
    ᴡ PhungDecember 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Omsi during the day for the kids. And then omsi at night for the adults! A must check out place. You'll have fun regardless of your age.
  • Joey C.heart icon on user image
    Joey CarmelloAugust 6, 2018
    OMSI has fantastic marketing that convinces you there’s something important and inevitable here. I found myself disappointed with most of the exhibits.
  • Michael P.
    Michael PlasmeierDecember 28, 2014
    Stop by the Oregon Rail Heritage Center right around the corner to see real historic steam trains https://foursquare.com/v/oregon-rail-heritage-center/505e2e16e4b0ddb6e8ee4713 Read more
  • Ken L.heart icon on user image
    Ken LeungJanuary 6, 2018
    Great if you have kids, but I personally enjoyed the Sub tour the most.
  • NASA
    NASADecember 7, 2010
    OMSI's Science Education Resource Center (SERC) is home of the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center and is filled with resources for educators. It's open 3:30-5:00pm every Thursday except holidays. Read more
  • Andrew J.
    Andrew JApril 28, 2014
    The best exhibit is the innovation exhibit! They have some really amazing interactive displays
  • Steve K.
    Steve KJune 30, 2013
    Now why would Allstate want to so generously support the "Earthquake House" exhibit... A true mystery.
  • Layton R.heart icon on user image
    Layton RosencranceApril 7, 2017
    Great place, but be sure to check the "age" level of the Planetarium shows!
  • ToryBurch
    ToryBurchJune 25, 2013
    Budding scientists love the interactive activities — mix potions in a lab, program a robot or simulate an earthquake.
  • Brook S.heart icon on user image
    Brook ShelleyJanuary 20, 2016
    First time here was for Miyazaki films, and they were a blast. Love this place
  • Heather S.
    Heather SkinnerDecember 2, 2013
    $2.00 admission on the 1st Sunday of the month. Great for large families.
  • Maryn G.heart icon on user image
    Maryn GerdesSeptember 9, 2016
    So much fun! The submarine tour is a must!
  • Kirk S.
    Kirk SteuberSeptember 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great museum.There are a lot of children, but if you feel like that is a problem for you, just look up when OMSI after dark is at omsi.edu. After dark is 21+ only and often has special labs for adults
  • K12 Inc
    K12 IncJune 14, 2011
    Did you know? John Cyprian Stevens, a naturalist and civil engineer, first envisioned OMSI in 1896, but the museum didn’t officially open until 1944.
  • Chelsea E.heart icon on user image
    Chelsea EnochApril 14, 2015
    Had a good time even with all the kids running around. Really enjoyed the life science room.
  • Will
    WillOctober 2, 2011
    If you ever need to fills a kids time and imagination, this is the place. So happy that after 35 years its still here. Hope it will inspire my son as it did me.
  • Carmen N.heart icon on user image
    Carmen NMay 25, 2016
    The Science Playground for little kids is entertaining for a good long time.
  • Nichole B.heart icon on user image
    Nichole BaumgardnerJuly 24, 2017
    Lots of stuff for kids to do!
  • Tanya H.
    Tanya HaddadOctober 24, 2009
    See a show at the OMSI OMNIMAX IMAX theater: a five-story domed screen covering 6,532 sq. ft. of projection surface. So big you might need to sit in the back row! Read more
  • Alberto J S M.heart icon on user image
    Alberto J S Moreau DJanuary 9, 2016
    If you have kids go there, it is good for them. If not there is better places in Portland to visit.
  • Nicole K.heart icon on user image
    Nicole KastenOctober 3, 2016
    OMSI after dark is the way to do it.
  • Enrique G.heart icon on user image
    Enrique Gutiérrez ArzateFebruary 5, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Great museum for kids, just great
  • Nick R.
    Nick RistowMay 27, 2013
    This is a great place... but don't come here on a holiday!!! It's insane on Memorial Day!
  • Mrs T.
    Mrs TimmyJNovember 15, 2011
    Give yourself at least 2-3 hours and use the audio recordings. It gives you extras points to listen to.
  • Amy S.heart icon on user image
    Amy ScofieldAugust 20, 2013
    The new OMSI is disappointing. Prices are astronomical! Exhibits are now separate price. You can no longer bring your own food/snacks & eat in the cafeteria. You'll be asked to leave. Not worth it!
  • Jennifer R.heart icon on user image
    Jennifer RichardsonFebruary 2, 2016
    It was fun! Just so much going on... Almost wish it was organized a little more though
  • Rebecca H.heart icon on user image
    Rebecca HermanFebruary 27, 2014
    Awesome play area for kids 6 and under...loved it
  • Jala S.
    Jala Smith-HuysJanuary 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great play area for littles ones, even a baby section.
  • Shannon G.
    Shannon GansAugust 7, 2011
    This is amazing for kids. Highly suggest. And the Sub tour is worth it.
  • Dan V.heart icon on user image
    Dan ValenzuelaAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Weekday afternoons don't tend to be very crowded. Avoid weekends and holidays.
  • Mike W.heart icon on user image
    Mike WalekeMarch 12, 2017
    Come at around 4pm to avoid the lines.
  • Eric L.
    Eric LongstaffDecember 22, 2012
    Don't forget the submarine tour. The USS Bluebird was the last diesel submarine as the US fleet transitioned to nuclear.
  • Saerom Y.
    Saerom YooNovember 3, 2013
    The Sherlock Holmes exhibit is amazing! Gather and test evidence to solve a murder mystery!
  • Nate D.heart icon on user image
    Nate DiNiroMarch 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Sweet museum for folks both young and old.
  • Allyson D.
    Allyson DyarJune 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is good. A nerd paradise!
  • Mike W.heart icon on user image
    Mike WalekeSeptember 8, 2015
    Saw a huge line, was so glad I am a member.
  • Daniel O.
    Daniel OonOctober 14, 2013
    Amazing museum! Do check it out!
  • Sean M.
    Sean MitchellAugust 19, 2014
    Planetarium and Kids science workshop.
  • Alan C.heart icon on user image
    Alan CrewsJuly 5, 2019
    Gotta do the Blueback tour
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