Submarine Tech Tour
We offer our 2-hour long Guided Tech Tour on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of every month. This special three-hour tour guided by an actual submarine veteran is for those that would like to learn more about the technical workings of the Blueback. The maximum tour size is 8 people, so plan ahead and reserve your spot. Tech Tours are for ages 12 and above. We also recommended that a regular tour be taken prior to a Tech Tour.
Journey To Space
A celebration of space exploration, Journey to Space is a tribute to international cooperation in space research and a vision toward our near-term future beyond Earth’s orbit – a manned mission to Mars within a generation. Beautifully and inspiringly chronicling our history in space – including the shuttle program, MIR, the International Space Station and the Hubble telescope – Journey to Space recognizes these milestones in the context of our future in the cosmos, what we’ve learned, and how to apply this knowledge to deep space missions. The film takes audiences on a behind-the-scenes tour of the international effort to send astronauts to Mars within the next 20 years, culminating in a virtual voyage to the Red Planet. Dazzling and meticulous computer imagery depicts the new machines that will soon enter into our lexicon – Orion, Olympus, SLS rockets – spacecraft, habitats, landers, and vehicles necessary to achieve interplanetary travel, touchdown and colonization.
Journey to Space taps into the same human fervor and fascination that makes science fiction so popular, our unquenchable drive to explore and discover what lies beyond. This film, though, is not fiction. Mars is the next step in what will be an unending human odyssey to explore the cosmos. Journey to Space is about the next chapter, a vision certain to inspire today’s young explorers and dreamers. It is time to take the next great leap into space. It is time for our species, in the words of Carl Sagan, to “set sail across the cosmic ocean.” Next stop… Mars!
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Presented by Toyota and Boeing, Journey to Space is an immersive film produced by K2 Communications and Giant Screen Films in association with the Giant Dome Theater Consortium. Additional production support and consultation was provided by The Smithsonian Institute, The Kennedy Space Center, the California Science Center and NASA.
OMSI's presentation of Journey to Space is supported by the Portland Metro Toyota Dealers Association.
The Martian | 3D
During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. With only meager supplies, he must draw upon his ingenuity, wit and spirit to subsist and find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring "the Martian" home, while his crewmates concurrently plot a daring, if not impossible rescue mission. As these stories of incredible bravery unfold, the world comes together to root for Watney's safe return.
Based on a best-selling novel, and helmed by master director Ridley Scott, The Martian features a star studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Donald Glover.
“It's one of the year's best movies and widescreen 3D experiences, a crackerjack adventure that celebrates human ingenuity over mechanical contrivance.” Peter Howell, Toronto Star
Duration: 134 mins. | Rating: PG-13
Science Pub Portland: History of Evolution
Why Was Darwin on the HMS Beagle? The History of Evolution as World History
with Richard H. Beyler, PhD, Professor of History at Portland State University
Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
HMS Beagle is famous today as the ship on which Charles Darwin sailed around the world in the years 1831 to 1836. This voyage sparked many of the ideas that led to his theory of evolution though natural selection. Yet the voyage of this British navy vessel was not planned in order to ferry this young naturalist across the oceans: his presence on board was almost a coincidence. This presentation is about how the story of Darwin's early development as a naturalist intersects with the history of international politics, naval strategy, imperial expansion, global trade, and anti-slavery activism.
Richard Beyler is a professor of history at Portland State University, where he teaches history of science and intellectual history.
Dinner will be available in our restaurant, Theory, or from the Empirical Café. Guests can check-in at the theater entrance to reserve a seat before grabbing dinner and drinks. Food and drink are welcome in the theater. Parking is free for the event. Doors open at 5pm.
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Art of Science: Mini Booklets
Included in General Admission | Our theme for February is storytelling, so join us in crafting mini booklets this week. We’ll have all the materials you need to draw or write a booklet to take home.
Learn about the reactions that go into making soap and why the product is so great at cleaning. Make soap from scratch to take home! Participants must wear clothing that completely covers their arms, legs, and feet (no sandals or open-toed shoes) as we will be working with caustic substances. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
One ticket, per batch of soap. | Maximum three participants, per ticket.
OMSI After Dark: Gaming
Shoot off water rockets, concoct chemical creations, and explore the wonders of OMSI with no kids in sight! Enjoy a glass of wine while learning about robots, tornados, or fossils. Talk to a brewer about the science behind beer, or taste how an extra 10% cacao can make a difference in chocolate.
All that and more with OMSI After Dark, a night at the museum for the 21-and-over crowd filled with food, drink, and science fun!
21+ Only | ID's Required
Gaming - From the screen to the table, it’s all about games! Talk to local game developers about games they are creating, learn what new games are on the horizon, and see how many games you can play in one night in the Game Masters exhibition, on view Feb. 13—May 8.
Due to the popularity of this event, we strongly recommend that you purchase tickets in advance as capacity is limited and may sell out.
OMSI After Dark admission: $15/non-members, $7.50/OMSI Members and FREE for OMSI After Dark Members.
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Art of Science: Story Stones
Included in General Admission | Use our story stones to create elaborate stories with your child. Please note this is a fun game to play at OMSI, not a take home craft activity.
Game Masters in Training
Do you have what it takes to be a Game Master? Test your skills in this class that explores the creative and strategic planning required for video game story and character development. Participants will storyboard their own game segments and imagine new characters for classic games. Ages 8+, families and/or groups strongly encouraged.
This is a limited edition class designed to accompany our featured exhibit, Game Masters.
How does a seesaw work? What makes wheels on a bike go around? How can you lift heavy objects? Playing with gears, wheels, levers, and inclined planes, students learn the ways simple machinery makes our lives easier. Students take home spoon catapults.
Ages 4 – 7
Electricity & Magnetism
How do electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible? And how did scientists build on each other’s discoveries to make useful transformations of energy? Learn how electricity and magnetism make our modern world possible as you play with magnets, motors, and generators in this hair raising and shocking Lab.
One ticket, per person.