Included in General Admission | Discover the hair-raising effects of static electricity with the Van de Graff Generator and view some of the first phonographs ever made at the Physics Lab.
Tues-Thurs | 1:30-5:00PM
Fri-Sun | 10:00AM-5:00PM
Closed Mon (open select Mondays 10:00AM-5:00PM)
Vernier Design Lab
Included in General Admission | The Vernier Design Lab features engaging, in-depth units on different aspects of technology, including Security, Biomedical, Robots and Computers, Communications, and Household Technology. The units rotate frequently, so that every time you visit OMSI you'll find something new to do in the lab!
Tues, Fri | 1:30-5:00PM
Wed, Sat | 10:00AM-5:00PM
Closed Thurs, Sun, & Mon (open select Mondays 10:00AM-5:00PM)
Included in General Admission | The Watershed Lab allows visitors to create their own rivers; watch salmon develop from eggs to smolts; explore the microscopic world that supports us all, and see how we all fit into the region we call the Northwest.
Tues-Thurs | 1:30-5:00PM
Sun | 10:00AM-5:00PM
Closed Saturday and Monday (open select Mondays 10:00AM-5:00PM)
Perfect Little Planet
Imagine the ultimate space vacation! Discover our solar system through a new set of eyes – a family from another star system seeking the perfect vacation spot. Fly over the surface of Pluto, our best known Dwarf Planet. Dive over the ice cliffs of Miranda. Sail through the rings of Saturn. Feel the lightning storms of Jupiter. And walk on the surface of Mars. Which destination would you choose? A solar system journey for space travelers of all ages.
Journey To Space | 3D
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.
Laser Holiday Magic
It's the holiday season at OMSI's Kendall Planetarium. This highly popular program features a mix of everyone's favorite holiday music, and gives new meaning to the term "holiday lights."
Duration: 25 minutes | Rating: All Ages
ASTRONAUT takes you from Earth into space... and beyond. Experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut. Explore the amazing worlds of inner and outer space, from floating around the International Space Station to maneuvering through microscopic regions of the human body. Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject 'Chad,' our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him. ASTRONAUT is an experience like nothing on Earth. Note: Show has motions that may cause some viewers to feel dizzy.
Duration: 24 mins. | Rating: Grades 4 and up
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean | 3D
Jean-Michel Cousteau, son of ocean pioneer Jacques Cousteau, offers a breakthrough look at a secret world within the ocean that is perhaps the biggest story of all—that the smallest life in the sea is the mightiest force on which we all depend. Alongside marine biologist Holly Lohuis, he invites viewers to dive into this whole new world that will leave them in awe of the beauty and diversity of the oceans – the source of all life on our planet – and inspire an even stronger desire to protect what they have either seen for the first time or perhaps re-discovered along the journey.
Narrated by renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Oceanintroduces audiences to over 30 species, illuminating behaviors captured for the first time thanks to the development of new tools that allow underwater filming in 3D, ultra-HD 5K, slow motion, macro, and with motion control, and takes them to remarkable and vibrant environments such as the Bahamas, Fiji, and Bimini.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
From visionary director Tim Burton, and based upon the best-selling novel, comes an unforgettable motion picture experience. When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.
"Easily the director's finest work since his masterful 2007 screen adaptation of Sweeney Todd, and a striking reminder of what an unfettered gothic imagination can achieve with the right focus and an infusion of discipline." Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times
Duration: 127 mins. | Rating: PG-13
Space Cinema: Interstellar
In celebration of the final weeks of our current museum exhibition Journey to Space, the Empirical Theater offers a selection of films that explore humankind's relationship with the vastness of outer space. First up is Christopher Nolan's Interstellar, one of the finest contemporary films to set its sights on our fascination with the cosmos.
In the not-too-distant future, a global crop blight and second Dust Bowl are slowly rendering Earth uninhabitable. A brilliant NASA physicist devises a plan to save humankind by transporting Earth's population to a different planet via a wormhole. But first, a former NASA pilot accompanied by a team of researchers must travel across the galaxy to find out which of three planets might be our new home.
Los Angeles Times critic Kenneth Turan summed up Interstellar as “a mass audience picture that's intelligent as well as epic, with a sophisticated script that's as interested in emotional moments as immersive visuals. Which is saying a lot.”
Directed by Nolan from a screenplay he co-wrote with brother Jonathan, Interstellar stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, Ellen Burstyn, and Michael Caine. Theoretical physicist Kip Thorne, whose work inspired the film, acted as scientific consultant and executive producer.
Duration: 169 mins. | Rating: PG-13
Included in General Admission | Located in the Science Playground, the Discovery Lab offers a variety of creative, hands-on activities exclusively for children ages 0-6. Our Art of Science table activity changes weekly and may change without previous notice.
Wed-Sun | 10:00AM-5:00PM
Closed Mon & Tues (open select Mondays 10:00AM-5:00PM)
Please call 503.239.7841 for most up-to-date information on Science Playground and Discovery Lab activities.
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
Directed by Clint Eastwood, the film stars Tom Hanks in the title role, Aaron Eckhart as Sully's co-pilot Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney as Sully's wife Lorrie Sullenberger.
"That it unnerves you as much as it does may seem surprising, given that going in, we know how this story ends. But Mr. Eastwood is also very good at his job, a talent that gives the movie its tension along with an autobiographical sheen." Manohla Dargis, New York Times
Duration: 96 mins. | Rating: PG-13