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“Worth the 4.5hr drive”

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
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Ranked #34 of 461 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.
Reviewed August 12, 2013

We spent five hours there and still did not see everything. We are both adults and were pleased to find it was not all child-based. More than half was probably aimed towards adults even. We mainly made the 4.5hr trip to see their mummy exhibition which was well worth the money. I was worried it would be a small room of a couple mummies and a bunch of artifacts but after navigating all six rooms on two floors, I felt it was money well spent. We defiantly will go back next time they have a featured exhibit that catches our eye. We bought tickets for admition, the mummy exhibition, an IMAX movie, and one ride on the motion simulator (all for two adults.) It cost us $66. Parking was $4 and lunch would have been about $20 if we ate at THEORY EATERY.

They were good about helping those who cannot take the stairs with the exception of the IMAX but only to get to your seat. You enter from the bottom and exit at the top. Then an elevator will take you back down to the ground floor if that is where you need to go.

The only complaint I have is the food at the little place outside the IMAX theater was AWFUL and a complete wate of money. $6 for a grilled cheese which is not grilled but toasted. How one messes up a grilled cheese, I do not know.

Thank Zayray
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

We were able to see Mummies of the World. Very fascinating and informational. We took our children, ages 4y and 10y. Both had a great time palying with all the exhibits. I would recommend eating off site. It was very expensive and the food was medicore. $3.00 for a slider burger, which came with home style crisps. It was okay, but after having been in the muesum all day, we were famished. It felt more like a very light snack or child sized portions. The kids loved loved loved the water rockets. They also had fun creating electricity by hand cranks and physical excersizes.Be prepared for the volume of noise. I would suggest bringing ear plugs for small children. There were also tour groups for the schools. I hadn't expected that during the summer and it was difficult for tourist kids to get a fair turn as the group kids would mob all at once. I would love to see OMSI at night with out kids. We had the most fun playing in the water wheels and sand. It's a playland created for smaller children, but everyone was welcome to play. It was great fun and I would recomend it.

Thank tanglelocks
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

We took our 5 year old here and had a great day. I wish there was a coffee stand for grownups as we were tired well before she was. Lots of memorable and age appropriate learning opportunities.

Thank wynrigg
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Reviewed August 11, 2013

Took our daughters (ages 5 and 8) to OMSI while on vacation in Portland. It cost $45 for our family of 4 to get in; we decided to pass on all of the add-ons (mummies travelling exhibit, Imax, Planetarium, etc.). There were some cool exhibits and activities, especially in the hall of industry side, but it didn't seem worth the cost, given that our girls were done with everything there in a little over 2 hours. We expected it to fill the day, and it did not.

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Reviewed August 10, 2013

Love the new exhibit in the Life Sciences room, sharing why Portland strives to be an eco-conscious city. All four kids, ages 4, 9, and two 12 year olds, had a blast.

Thank Katy H
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