Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
4.5
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10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is a nationally-renowned science center providing science learning to a range of audiences. Our programming is guided by OMSI’s long-term vision to promote a healthy, innovative, and sustainable society where everyone is prepared to participate in civic life. OMSI’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programming helps visitors and program participants master 21st century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving and collaboration. We achieve this through exhibits, classes, camps, traveling educators, and adult programs around the state, making OMSI a trusted educational resource to all Oregonians.
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Shannon M
Meridian, ID2 contributions
Mar 2022
We had to change plans when the weather was rainy during spring break. This was a really good choice for my little girl who is science and math obsessed. I was afraid since Portland's Spring Break and our spring break back home coincided OMSI would be horribly crowded. OMSI's requirement to pre-purchase tickets before you arrive definitely made it less busy that I remembered from my childhood visit. My only complaint was the fact the restaurant onsite was closed, but other than that it was an excellent experience.
Written March 25, 2022
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Adam
World9 contributions
Mar 2022
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) was amazing. There was so much to see and many activities to do with the kids. For a full in depth experience I recommend taking a few days to really experience each specific area. The submarine USS Blueback was a definite highlight. There aren't many organizations that operate a post WWII submarine for public tours. OMSI and the volunteers aboard the Blueback have a very well organized tour and the submarine is in great shape. Aside from the access that has been cut through her outer and pressure hulls in order to board the sub, she appears as if she's ready for another patrol. Due to the size of the submarine and the tight spaces inside, all tours are guided and are spaced apart to avoid groups from overlapping. Our docent Jane-Clair was very courteous, professional, and did great with the kids in our group. If you don't mind being in tight areas, visit the Blueback next time you go through Portland, OR.
Written March 15, 2022
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Nostalgiyeah
Bothell, WA1,841 contributions
Oct 2020
We specifically visited the USS Blueback submarine at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. The submarine tour was insightful and excellent! Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the tour groups are limited to 6 persons and masks are mandatory. It was definitely fun to be inside a submarine and to see around - this was the final diesel powered combat submarine to leave the US Navy. The amount of electronics she carried is indeed fascinating, I was amazed at the engineering that would have gone into the design and manufacture of this sub in the Cold War era. The tour included visits to the control room where the submarine was steered from, the torpedo room, kitchen, sleeping quarters and engine room. It was fun to sit in the "driver's seat" and go through the enormous instrument panel cluster that steered this sub. Our tour guide was quite nice and he gave us a lot of interesting information about life in a submarine including food, rest and recreation of personnel on board etc while we were seated in the mess decks. Like for instance how showers were time-limited to two minutes, only available once a week for sailors! Or that the cooks in submarine undergo extensive culinary training and thus, food on submarines is one of the best in the US Navy. The tour also included the torpedo room where he talked about the torpedos used in the Cold War era and the ones that are deployed in modern day subs. The tour is priced at around $12 per person and the parking is $5 per vehicle in front of the OMSI building.
Written October 23, 2020
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Cindy R
Tualatin, Oregon, United States41 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
We hadn’t been to OMSI since our kids were young. Now we brought our grandkids. We were so disappointed. The permanent Natural Science exhibit was small, old, and tired. The large Tech room was just a playground with kids running all over and over half the activities were broken. All the other things, the submarine, the movie experience, the planetarium, all cost extra: from $6 per person on up. Entry cost $75 for two adults and two children. For a place who proclaims to be accessible, educational and equity focused, that price is exorbitant.
Written August 21, 2022
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Patrick F
South Lake Tahoe, CA167 contributions
Feb 2022
We recently visited the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. We took our grandchildren there and were pleasantly surprised. The museum had many interactive activities that kept the children enthralled while learning about various scientific properties. The museum was clean and very well secured. the staff was informative and helpful. There was an additional charge for both the Planetarium and the Dinosaur exhibit which made the price expensive for a family. We wish the admission included all three exhibits.
Written March 6, 2022
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Piper S.
World1 contribution
Jun 2022
We were very much looking forward to going to OMSI, since we had heard it was very big, interactive, and in a nice location. But, when we entered and made to pay a ridiculous price that didn't include any exhibitions, we were very disappointed. In the general admission fee, practically nothing was there. Most of it looked under maintenance, or just closed, so that made for even less. Sure, the dinosaur fossils and the models of fetuses were interesting, but we went through that in about five minutes. We would have left right then, but we had to wait an hour because we had bought tickets for the planetarium. The planetarium was not bad; it was mesmerizing, the speaker was funny, and I learned a thing or two about stars. But, if you add that with everything else, it was a pretty sour experience.
Maybe COVID-19 made the museum have practically no exhibits, or whatever, but definitely a waste of time, and especially money.
Written June 14, 2022
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Madeline Cook
Portland, OR106 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
OMSI is such a great place to bring the family to learn and explore. They have changing exhibits each year that are very interesting, most recently I saw the “Exquisite creatures” exhibit, it was amazing. Parking is an honor system where you remember the number and tell them at the counter, and it’s only 5 bucks. Tickets for an adult on an average day are 15$. they have 2$ days, check on their event calendars to plan your visit. They host the hot sauce festival behind the main building every July that is a wonderful event to try and buy many types of sauces! ( my personal favorite event)
Written March 17, 2020
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Jeanna J
Payette, ID53 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
OMSI was not what we had hoped. Several attractions were not open or operating. Some of the mechanical attractions were not working. The DaVinci rooms were fascinating though required some reading… which was less interesting to the kids. The displays of DaVinci’s inventions were detailed, beautiful and truly spectacular,! The hands-on rooms for younger kids were great, though again, not everything was operating. We stayed in the museum for 3 hours, trying to engage with what was offered. By the end, we left disappointed. Maybe our expectations were too high. Not anxious to return. Oh.. and we were not allowed to take pictures! Took just a couple anyway.
Written April 12, 2022
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Madison
Kansas3 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Super disappointing. Half the museum was closed for what seems like renovations. The exhibits they do have open are over priced for how small they are, not to mention each exhibit is an additional cost to the admission fees. Might be better once it’s completed but wouldn’t recommend currently.
Written August 14, 2021
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Dross25
Washington49 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
I was so excited to take our two grandkids to a place I remembered so fondly. It was really disappointing. First 2 adults and two children with one movie experience and parking was 78.00. The free EV station didn’t work so didn’t charge my car. Then a good 1/3 of the displays inside were broken. Water bottle rockets leaked and so wouldn’t work, the crane gears were broken so that don’t work, just one thing after another. The dinosaur movie was good and the kids loved it, but the rest was just trying to find them something to do that wasn’t broken. So upsetting,
Written August 2, 2022
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