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“Nice for a rainy day”

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
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$34.00*
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Portland Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
Ranked #12 of 442 things to do in Portland
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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 vision 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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“Nice for a rainy day”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

Came here because we got free tickets - and glad it was free because it was a bit expensive for what it was. Half of the exhibits were geared for kids (we were two adults), so we spent the time in the Race exhibit (really interesting but not that kid-friendly) and viewing the Nat'l Geographic photo exhibit (small but wonderful). We skipped half the museum because it was so crowded with little kids, but what we saw was good.

Visited November 2012
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“Very Busy on a Saturday”
Reviewed November 12, 2012

Using a ASTC membership card from Canada, we were able to access this museum for free. This saved us major money and allowed us to come for a few hours without feeling we were wasting money. Arriving at 3pm on a Saturday, we thought we'd be see the last of the attendees as the musuem closed at 5:30pm. Wrong! The place was packed as well as the parking lot. We had to drive around to get a spot, but the membership paid for the parking. My teenager son enjoyed many parts of the museum although the interactive section was getting too young for him. This is our third visit. Still a good museum. There was a very interesting albeit small section on "nanos". My son enjoyed the "Grossology" exhibit although I didn't. I liked the exhibit on "Race & Culture" and read everything. The exhibits change on a regular basis so we were looking at things we hadn't seen in the two previous visits. The National Geographic photo exhibit was very interesting as I have two amateur photographers in my family. I still think this is one of the best museums we have visited.

One complaint is that the street signs "OMSI" are very deceiving and in some cases, incorrectly. We followed a few and went in circles until I finally just pulled out a map and followed it. Use the GPS or a map.

Another thing that has improved is that there is now a red MAX line train that will reach the museum. Years before, there was a bus and at one point, they stopped running it. We had to walk from downtown to access it when we came without a car one year. Good to see the train as a tourist attaction will not attract if it is not easily accessible.

There is also an IMAX theatre on site and we saw lots of young people lining up for that. Could account for the parking problems.

Visited November 2012
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Wilsonville, Oregon, United States
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“Educational and Fun for kids and parents/grandparents”
Reviewed November 10, 2012

They always have something interesting going on. Sometimes it can be very crowded. IMAX theater is amazing. Check for show times and plan to stay a least 3 hours to explore the museum. There is a cafe so you can get snacks. One of our favorite places to go when it's rainy!

Visited July 2012
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Saint Helens, Oregon
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“A Learning Experience!”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

This is the best place to learn about a lot of different things! You can look at stars or the human body and other different displays. Great place to take the kids for a real learning experience.

Visited March 2012
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Saluda, NC
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“Variety with something special”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

OMSI has something for all ages: A wonderful immersion in Science, a Theatre, and the crown jewel, a REAL submarine.
The Sub has easy access. A knowledgeable crew explains the technology and intricacies of operating a complex vessel. Normal tours are about 45 minutes. Special "Tech Tours" of about 2 hours length are conducted on weekends. This is the finest preserved museum submarine in the USA!

Visited September 2012
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