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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 #20 of 312 Attractions in Portland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Phoenix, Arizona
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

My family of various ages were all entertained while we were in the museum. Everything was hands on and it was a great place to get out of the rain.

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Urbana, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We came to Portland on vacation and saw signs everywhere for this place. Of course we went and bought the deluxe package with admission, a movie, and a planetarium show (thinking it was like most other science museums). After about 20 minutes, we realized it was a kids museum! Nothing at the desk made us think it would be. 99%... More

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Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The kids in our group had a great time, educational and well arranged. The staff was very helpful and the movie was great.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Having grown up in Oregon I was spoiled by OMSI and in my travels very few others measure up to OMSI's standards, it is always entertaining for a nerd like me.

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Chelan, Washington
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Even between special exhibits, OMSI is always a fun place to visit! For young and old alike!!!! The permanent "human life science" exhibit is amazing, especially for expectant parents! Earth science - space/astronomy - dinosaurs- Hands on exhibits galore! Nice play facility for youngsters! Plan a full day to see everything!

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Southport, United Kingdom
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189 reviews 189 reviews
78 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Went with our nephew and his 3 boys and had a few hour going to the various things on offer, eg. The Submarine, Theatre seeing "Walking with dinosaurs" and also the many "hands on" exhibits that were there. You can easily spend 3 hours here and have fun learning about science, physics etc. Great for children and adults.

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Edmonds, WA
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

So many hands on activities for kids of all ages! You can easily spend all day here. The Plantarium and submarine costs extra so we skipped those. The restaurant was actually pretty good quality and choice of foods available.

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Montgomery, Alabama
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33 reviews 33 reviews
24 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

So enjoyed going here and learning about Oregon's history. So much to see and look at. Give yourself at least 2 hours to tour it. There are a lot of artifacts and 2 or 3 films to watch along your journey through it.

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Canberra, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

As with many Science Museums, this has fallen into the trap of becoming a fun park for pre schoolers. Better to concentrate on the older people who are actually interested in the science.

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Atlanta, GA
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143 reviews 143 reviews
68 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The OMSI is a challenge to get to if you are using public transit. It is at the END of the CL line and then you have to walk about 1/4 mile to get to the front door. This was best for kids. We did not try the submarine and we missed the movie.

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