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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
503-797-6674
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Ranked #19 of 301 attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Science Museums
Traveler Description: A wonderful museum on the Portland waterfront, which hosts various exhibitions. Its permanent exhibits include: ... The planetarium, which has... more »
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Hood River, Oregon, USA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to get your kids exposed to hands-on science and to see exceptional displays. They routinely have displays like Bodies, Dinosaurs, Mummies, etc and, as an adult, those are the best times to go. As a family there is plenty to do on any given day between the IMAX, Planetarium, submarine display and the hands on... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This was more child-oriented so it's easy to get bored as an adult. Nevertheless, from the perspective of an educator, I thought it was very intriguing and informative and great for kids. I love the fact that they emphasized and highlighted issues regarding conservation and had plenty of activities for kids to engage in that integrated science as well as... More

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Oregon
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45 reviews 45 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

A bit on the cafeteria is just "okay" but very expensivee expensive side if you want the FULL experience. We found that we just didn't use a family membership enough as there isn't enough change in the program to hold the attention of elementary kids or toddlers past 1-2 visits a year. Th

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Portland, Oregon
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Great place to take young and old family members. OMSI has something for everyone, even a working submarine you can have a sleepover in (reservations required). Go check this out you will be happy you did!

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Portland, Oregon
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

I enjoy going to OMSI every so often when they have different displays put up. The topics are almost always intriguing, and I feel like I always learn fun facts each time I visit.

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Medford, Oregon
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76 reviews 76 reviews
20 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

It is a hands on experience. If you are a member of a different children's museum most likely you can have a reciprocity. This means you can go in for free. But if you get a OMSI membership you get nice discounts. And if you are a member you don't have to spend the whole day there, although you might... More

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B.C.
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10 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This is the most amazing and interesting museum I have ever been to! It is perfect for all ages of kids and adults. Be sure to allow at least 3 hours. There are a huge variety of hands-on activities to try and learn on two levels, and another level on the opposite site of the building with even more things... More

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Portland, Oregon
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

OMSI is a hands on learning place that is geared for kids of all ages. But adults are not just sitting and watching. My grand kids love it there. Many displays are rotated on about a quarterly basis. Besides the learning interactive sections, there is a decommissioned US Navy submarine there to tour; it happens to be the one they... More

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Denver, Colorado
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I feel like this was an average museum at best. Luckily for me I am a member of a different museum so I got in for free. This museum had a lot of interactive things but was mostly for kids. I had wanted to go on a submarine tour but they only offer it at 50 minutes past the hour.

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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We loved the museum. We went to a movie, and visited the submarine! It was a great experience for the kids, and us! The museum is VERY hands on! They even had a 'physics' and 'chemistry' lab! (A bit too busy in those!). The restaurant is great too!

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