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
Included in General Admission | The Earth Science Hall also houses the Paleo Lab, where staff and volunteers excavate real dinosaur and ancient Oregon fossils from plaster casts in a setting open to the public.
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.
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.
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
National Parks Adventure | 3D
Explore the wilds of America in this new giant-screen film as big as the outdoors!
Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Immersive IMAX® 3D cinematography takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor playgrounds, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, the Everglades and Arches. Celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the national parks with world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb and explore their way across America’s majestic parks in an action-packed expedition that will inspire the adventurer in us all.
A MacGillivray Freeman film produced in association with Brand USA and presented by Expedia, Inc. and Subaru of America, Inc. Major support provided by the Giant Dome Theater Consortium.
Local support for National Parks Adventure provided by Airstream Adventures Northwest.
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.
Venture on a spectacular journey through the most dramatic continent on earth: Africa. The story of this enchanted land is told through its relationship to water. Water crafts wild Africa, conjuring up life wherever it journeys… travelling above the plains on seasonal winds, cascading along raging rivers or sheltering coral cities.
Travel to fantastic places, meet amazing creatures and uncover the fascinating secrets of this amazing place. Learn how spectacular thermal geysers help turn thousands of flamingos pink, and create the perfect conditions for them to breed; why the heat beating down on waterless dunes in the Namib Desert forces a lizard to dance; and why it snows on the equator.
It’s an adventure where you will truly believe the real world is more extraordinary and awe-inspiring than any fiction.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
OMSI After Dark: Astronomy
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
Astronomy: Science that’s out of this world. Look to the sky as we explore the sights, sounds and sensations of outer space.
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 Access Pass Holders
No One Can Hear You Scream | But why? Explore the science of vacuums and learn the answer plus much more.
Creating Craters | Where astrophysics and geology collide.
Soda Bottle Rockets | It’s literally rocket science.
Nasa Spinoff Tech | Many technological advancements developed for space have found their way into our everyday lives.
Celestial Navigation | The heavens are full of navigational information as long as you have the right tools.
Science On A Sphere @ 8, 9 & 10PM | Explore planetary science on our spherical screen!
Iridium Flare or Star Party @ 9:15PM | On the front plaza, weather permitting
PLANETARIUM LECTURES & SHOWS
- 7:30PM - Starry Nights Live | Learn about the interesting stories of the constellations and others in this live presentation in OMSI's Kendall Planetarium.
- 8 & 9:30PM - Photographic Tour through the Pacific NW Night Skies | with Ben Canales, Astrophotographer
- 8:45PM - 2017 Total Solar Eclipse | with Jim Todd, OMSI Director of Space Science Education. The Total Solar Eclipse of 21 August 2017 will sweep across the entire United States continent. Every American living in the 48 contiguous states and Alaska will be able to see a partial eclipse and millions of Americans will enjoy one of Nature's most spectacular displays by either living along its path or by driving less than a day from their homes. The Moon's shadow (about 100 km wide) will traverse a huge landmass, starting from Oregon and ending in South Carolina, in an uninterrupted manner, over a span of approximately 90 minutes. The last time the US witnessed such an event was on July 29,1878. Where will YOU be in 2017?
EMPIRICAL THEATER LECTURES
- 8:30PM - The Discovery of Proxima Centauri b, a Potentially Habitable Planet less than 5 Light Years Away | with Kevin Covey, Assistant Professor, Physics & Astronomy at Western Washington University
- 9:15PM - How to Make a Galaxy: A Whirlwind Tour of Galaxy Evolution | with Alison Crocker, Assistant Professor of Physics at Reed College
- 10PM - Astronomy from the Stratosphere: NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) | with Ralph Shuping, Research Director at the Space Science Institute, Adjunct Professor at Lewis and Clark
7:30, 8:30 & 9:30 PM - Nick Superchi, Classical Pianist | Nick Superchi is a self-taugh pianist who has become known for his complex, melancholic and thought-provoking compositions that create a refreshing sound to modern classical music. Performing in the arts for 20+ years, Nick has entwined his passion and experience to craft original, powerful art. Since the release of his debut album, "The Slings & Arrows", Nick has played all over the Pacific Northwest. His second album, "Otherworldly", was release August 1, 2016.
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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.
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The friendly-but-forgetful blue tang fish Dory is reunited with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. The trio navigate the Marine Life Institute and evade predators as Dory looks for her family and a place to call home. This sequel to the 2003 Pixar hit Finding Nemo features the voice work of Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton, Ty Burrell, Hayden Rolence, Bill Hader and many more.
Duration: 100 mins. | Rating: PG
Science Pub Portland: Oregon's Unsung Pollinators
Oregon's Unsung Pollinators
With Clint Burfitt, Program Manager for Insect Pest Prevention and Management, and Plant Protection and Conservation Programs at the Oregon Department of Agriculture
Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation
Recent declines in honeybee and some native bee populations have created an increased public awareness about the role of pollinators in crop production and native plant reproduction. This presentation seeks to increase awareness of other lesser-recognized pollinator groups, such as beetles, flies, and moths. While these insects may not be functionally adapted to pollination in the same way as bees, their behaviors create mutualistic relationships that are important in maintaining native plant habitats. By exploring the functional ecology of several non-hymenoptera pollinator species, you will discover new facets of the exciting microcosm of insect-plant interactions.
Clint Burfitt leads the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s Insect Pest Prevention and Management (IPPM) Program. The IPPM Program’s mission is to protect Oregon’s agricultural and natural resources from the negative effects of exotic terrestrial invertebrates. Clint has 16 years of experience in applying the principles of early detection and rapid response, diagnostic services, and biological control. He has successfully led mitigation projects that have resulted in reduced crop loss, decreased pesticide use, and maintained market access for Oregon's agricultural products. He has implemented, managed, and collaborated on a variety of pollinator health initiatives and has personal experience as an urban beekeeper.
Dinner and drinks will be available throughout the presentation. Please see the Mission Theater website for a dinner menu and venue information.
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