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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 309 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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Sacramento, California
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66 reviews 66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

The OMSI is a terrific stop for families when in Portland. Full of hands-on exhibits and activities and very knowledgeable staff. Parking is limited and fills up fast -- Portland's Light Rail station at OMSI is years away from completion. Try arriving early and enjoying a stroll along the Willamette River!

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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

OMSI is always a blast! There's tons of actives and experiments for kids of ALL ages to do! They range from building a block tower to survive an earth quack to learning about the human ear and how it works! Also before going look at what exhibits are coming and plan your trip to be there when they are open... More

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Seattle
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460 reviews 460 reviews
151 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

A very cool science museum with tons to see and do. I love these types of museums. My kids and I ran around all day having a great time. Plus their onsite restaurant is quite good, bravo! Highly recommend.

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Seattle
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Had a great time at OMSI in and around the current facilities. They've got some visionary ideas to execute in the area east of the river in Portland. Go and check it out.

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Baltimore, MD
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32 reviews 32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

This museum was very hands-on and well maintained. However, it did not seem to have as many exhibits as other science centers that I have been to and we were finished rather quickly for the price... We did have a fun afternoon, however, and the dinosaur exhibit was FANTASTIC. I thnk it was even better than the Smithsonian in Washington... More

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Anacortes, WA
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

We have a membership to OMSI, have visited many times and have never been disappointed. The current exhibition of Dinosaurs is exciting, interesting and informative. We spent 2 hours in this exhibit alone. Well worth a visit for adults and even better with kids. There is always something on exhibit or activities focused on kids.

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Dallas, Texas
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64 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We took the train from our hotel to the museum and it was only a short walk from the train stop to the museum. We spent the day - so much to do and see. We ate lunch there and found a good selection of food that was tasty as well.

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Delta, Canada
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Was interesting , lots of interactive displays for the kids. The submarine tour was the best part! Great place to take little kids, lots of interactive displays. Easy accesses via transit line!

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Tucson, Arizona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This is a fantastic place to bring kids and grand kids. Lots of hands on with an environmental message. Not aimed at adults.

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Kingsport, Tennessee
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143 reviews 143 reviews
45 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

First off, this museum is primarily for kids. It is one of the hands-on styles and there are many interactive exhibits that children can touch. That being said, if you’re a 50+ year old kid (like me) you still like playing with this stuff. When we visited there was a very good animatronic dinosaur display. There was also an interesting... More

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