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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Address: 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
Phone Number: 503-797-6674
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Ranked #18 of 277 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums, Museums
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This museum contains an extensive collection of fossils found in the Gobi desert.
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Type: Science Museums, Museums
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: This museum contains an extensive collection of fossils found in the Gobi desert.

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Portland, Oregon
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

OMSI visit was nothing more than a huge building full of environmental, progressive, liberal works aimed at nudging people into eating right, exercising, recycling, and "climate change". There were very few exhibits that actually involved science and industry as the museum portrays itself as. The last time we went to OMSI, back in the late 90's it was exactly as... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

this is a lot of fun for kids and adults alike. there is a kiddie area that has a sand play area, water area etc (starting to look a little bit 'used') and the older area is still a fun place for little kids with lots to learn from. submarine tour is our next thing to do there when we... More 

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San Francisco, California
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23 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Great place for kids of all ages. We paid extra to tour the submarine, very cool. We go again next time we're in town if the exhibits change

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Portland, OR
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56 reviews 56 reviews
12 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

OMSI as it's called is one of the best destinations in PDX for families with young children. It offers highly interactive, educational and fascinating exhibits and hands-on experiments that regularly delight children and parents. It is also home to OmniMax, a highly immersive IMAX movie experience that features the leading IMAX educational short-films. When my kids were young, this place... More 

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Issaquah, Washington
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15 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I've traveled to Portland for years, and would see the Submarine across the river... Being a former US Navy Submariner, I wanted to tour it, one day. Finally did, and they have done a great job to preserve the Boat, and the history associated with is. The rest of the museum is pretty great too! Did I tell you about... More 

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Fresno, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
11 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

It has been some many years since visiting this place...when my 4 kids were young! On this trip we took our grandkids along with my daughter and son in law. We arrived early and stayed until they closed, we did not want to leave!. The tour of a real military submarine was incredible for all of us. If you are... More 

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San Antonio
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8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Great location - we had a nice walk from downtown Hotel Monaco. We had a 13 year old who enjoyed much of the museum but the younger kids (as young as 2) loved it.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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117 reviews 117 reviews
56 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We spent an evening here with an 8-year old and had a fabulous time! There are so many things to explore -to touch and feel, to look at, buttons to push.... :) The space capsule to get in to was neat - allows for kids to see things in perspective. We saw a movie as well in their expansive auditorium... More 

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Portland
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112 reviews 112 reviews
20 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

OMSI is underappreciated as a destination for adults. While their hands on exhibits sometime tire unless you are with a child, their traveling presentations are always excellent and I have never seen a bad show at the MAX theatre. Worth you money.

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Cheney, Wa
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15 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Can't elaborate more than what others have said, but I can wholeheartedly confirm. This is a great place for the entire family. The kids had an absolute ball. Some of the coolest hands-on stuff I've ever enjoyed. I would have no problem coming back here on subsequent visits to the PDX. It is really quite affordable, too, compared to other... More 

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