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Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

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Address: 1945 SE Water Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
Phone Number: 503-797-6674
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: This museum contains an extensive collection of fossils found in the Gobi...
This museum contains an extensive collection of fossils found in the Gobi desert.
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So Much Fun with My Granddaughters

In all of the years we've been coming to Portland to visit our granddaughters, ages 8 & 10, we had never visited OMSI -- until now. What fun we all had! We spent at least an hour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Key Largo, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

In all of the years we've been coming to Portland to visit our granddaughters, ages 8 & 10, we had never visited OMSI -- until now. What fun we all had! We spent at least an hour in the big room with all of the soft blue balls - filling the tubes with the balls and watching them travel to... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I went when my sister and niece came to town to visit. Everyone had told me it was great for kids (my niece was 11). Well, by kids, they must've meant much younger. The exhibits seem to cater to the 3-8 age range, and the three of us were pretty bored. Not only that, but (and maybe we just were... More 

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Leominster
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Lots of people have rated OMSi as excellent, but I wouldn't go that far. Many of the displays were not functioning. 90% of the labs were closed. THe submarine tour was great. The movie theatre was very good (we saw the dinosaur movie). We didn't have time to see the planetarium It's a nice place, great for children. Okay for... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This museum is fantastic, from the big neon sign at the entrance to the exhibits. For boys, don't miss the guided tour of the USS Blueback behind the museum. You pay separately, and you should call ahead and reserve a spot.

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West Milford, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

OMSI has a clear focus on kids. There are plenty of hands-on activities to occupy young minds. As adults who did not have any kids with us, there were fewer displays of interest. The planetarium presentation was interesting as was the submarine. There was also a nice selection of displays in the natural history section. I would have rated it... More 

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Frankfort, Kentucky
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

So many things to do at OMSI! We watched/listened to the starry night at the planetarium first - for this particular program, not worth the $. The sub tour was great and everyone enjoyed it. Amazing to see if you have never seen a sub before. For our kids, tweens ages 10 and 11, there were so many activities: life... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

As museums go, this one has a little of everything... just a "Little" of everything. It's a modern Science-ish museum with some kiddish science interactive areas. I've brought my children about their about four times. I think children are pretty honest, so I'll give you there reviews... Kid Review (pre-teen & Teen): First visit was fun. 2rd trip focused on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We visited OMSI on our trip through Portland. We had not heard of before but was made aware of it by the hotel connoisseur. My daughter is in love with science so we thought we would take her there for an hour or so and then head onto something else. We were there for over four hours and still did... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This place is so cool and so much fun! It's one of those places you really should set aside the whole day for, because it's massive. If you're familiar with the Scienceworks in Melbourne, Australia, it's like that but maybe two or three times bigger. There's so much interactive stuff here, everything from robots and chemistry experiments to an earthquake... More 

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Salem, Oregon
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

It has been several years since I have been here to OMSI and by the looks of things, its a big place but I think this would be more of a kid’s thing with the family and I’m not really knocking it but, I personally wasn’t that impressed with it. It’s overpriced for what it showcases and you have to... More 

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