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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 311 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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Southport, United Kingdom
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188 reviews 188 reviews
78 attraction reviews
114 helpful votes 114 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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Fairbanks, Alaska
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60 reviews 60 reviews
22 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The dinosaur exhibit was really interesting even for adults. I learned a lot. Right below the exhibit hall on the river was the Willamette River jet boats. What a great ride and view.

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Portland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

You went there to have fun with a gang of munchkins, and now they're hungry and cranky. The cafe fills the requirement, but really, you went there for the Dinosaur bone display... let's be real.

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Federal Way, Washington, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We went with friends b/c he was in the Navy on a sub and we wanted to visit the submarine. Didn't count on the fact that most of the exhibits were hands on for kids. We enjoyed it, but the sub seems out of place with the rest of the stuff. Also super gift shop for buying grandkid educational gifts... More

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Kirkland, Washington
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53 reviews 53 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Mainly for Children and families, its worth a visit. There is great restaurant and the 1950s Submarine is really worth a tour, but make a reservation since entry is limited to around 10 people at a time--you don't need a general admission to OMSI, just a separate ticket!

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New York City, New York
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9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Bring your husband, and bring your kids....fun for the whole family at this place...you can even bring your parents! The museum makes a lot of exhibitions for other museums and you get to the the guinea pig in seeing them first. A great community asset...

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