Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

1945 SE Water Ave
Portland, OR 97214-3354

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Phone: 503-797-6674
Phone: 800-955-6674

Hours:
Sep - Jun  Tue-Sun 9:30am-5:30pm Jul - Aug  Daily 9am-9pm
Type:
IMAX Theaters, Museums, Planetarium / Observatory, Science Museums

10BEST Says

Museums: Dedicated to technology and science, this museum offers interactive educational exhibits that everyone can enjoy. The museum's six huge halls are filled with hands-on displays related to everything from outer space to computers. Labs throughout the museum offer more in-depth exploration with exhibits like the chemistry lab and the life lab, which houses various live animals and insects. Upstairs they offer a large area just for younger children where they can play and learn through hands on exhibits like a sand area and water area. Downstairs they have rotating national exhibits like Lego's and Bodies. Beyond the exhibits, the museum features an Omnimax theater, planetarium and motion simulator. They offer special OMSI after dark nights that are only for adults and includes cocktails.

Best Attractions & Activities, Things to Do with Kids: Known by the acronym OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is a favorite family day trip for locals and tourists alike. Kid's will find a wide range of interactive exhibits that both educate and fascinate. Younger children have a whole exhibit hall geared towards hand-on exploration called The Science Playground, built for kids 6 and under. Science labs throughout the museum encourage experimentation that deepens visitors' understanding of life, the world and the universe. Aspiring astronomers will love the Kendall Planetarium, the largest and most advanced planetarium in the Northwest. The Omnimax theater has a five-story high domed shaped screen creating a incredibly immersive Imax movie experience. Visitors also have the rare opportunity to tour a vintage Navy submarine, mored in the Willamette River directly behind the museum.

Attractions near Moda Center, Family-Friendly Museums, Attractions near the Convention Center: Dedicated to technology and science, this museum offers interactive educational exhibits that everyone can enjoy. The museum's six huge halls are filled with hands-on displays related to everything from outer space to computers. Labs throughout the museum offer more in-depth exploration with exhibits like the chemistry lab and the life lab, which houses various live animals and insects. Upstairs they offer a large area just for younger children where they can play and learn through hands on exibits like a sand area and water area. Downstairs they have rotating national exibits like Lego's and Bodies. Beyond the exhibits, the museum features an Omnimax theater, planetarium and motion simulator.


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Local Expert Says:

Museums, Attractions near Moda Center, Things to Do with Kids, Family-Friendly Museums, Attractions near the Convention Center: "Visit on the 1st Sunday of the month for $2 admission."

Best Attractions & Activities: "Anytime kids are out of school, on rainy days it may seem as though all of Portland is at OMSI."

Best for Museums Because: An impressive science museum with something for everyone, including a learning area just for babies.

Recommended as Best Attractions & Activities Because: The Oregon Museum of Science is a huge science museum with hands on activities for all ages.

Best for Attractions near Moda Center Because: OMSI is just south of the Moda Center and a neat place for families to visit and play.

Best for Things to Do with Kids Because: OMSI is a great museum full of fun hands on activities for the whole family

Best for Family-Friendly Museums Because: OMSI is a great museum full of fun hands on activities for the whole family.

Best for Attractions near the Convention Center Because: A large science museum with something for everyone including rotating exhibits.

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