Included in General Admission | Renewable Energy/Energia Renovable is a new bilingual exhibit that gives OMSI visitors the opportunity to explore how energy from sources like wind, water and sun can support our daily energy needs. Hands-on exhibit features will let visitors take the controls of a wind turbine, go inside a solar panel, become the wave that powers a new type of renewable energy, and even try their hand at managing the power grid!
Science On A Sphere
Included in General Admission | Science On a Sphere (SOS) is a six-foot suspended globe that uses computers and video projectors to display dynamic animated images of the Earth's atmosphere, oceans, animal migration patterns, global warming trends, hurricane paths, and more. Projected images also include the surface of the sun, moon and Mars.
During this 45-minute long guided tour, you will get to peer through a periscope, touch a torpedo, climb in a bunk in the crew's quarters, and much more. You will learn how a submarine works and get a glimpse into how a crew of 85 lived and worked within the Blueback's hull for months at a time.
Approx. 45 mins. | Ages 3 and above.
Come learn all about the rich, cultural history and science behind natural food dyes. Participants will explore how to create natural dyes using Oregon specific crops such as berries, hazelnuts, onion skins, and peppermint leaves. Cloth squares will be provided for participants to experiment with different dyes. Participants can bring their own shirt to dye as well.
Microscopy for Beginners
This lab is perfect for those interested in getting started in microscopy. Participants will get hands–on experience in the basics of using a compound light microscope. You will walk away with some simple steps to get you started making temporary slides of your own.
One microscope, per ticket. | Maximum two people, per microscope.
The Science of Growing. A Story of Sharing.
Watermelon Magic is a lovable and tender story of a young girl named Sylvie who learns to grow -- and eventually part with -- one of nature's most loved summer fruits: the watermelon. The plants ‘magically’ grow from seed-to-flower-to-fruit via time-lapse sequences that bring the garden to life on the Giant Screen. Through humor and drama, audiences experience the challenges and rewards of growing food, and the shared community of plants, soil, nature and people that make up a small farm. This enchanting film tells a story of what is truly magical in our lives.
Duration: 30 mins. | Rating: All Ages
Included in General Admission | Details coming soon!
Food Science Demos
Included in General Admission | Located in the entrance to Theory, Food Science Demos feature hands-on activities and experiments all about the science behind the food we eat. Visitors can test foods for protein, learn how much sugar is in certain drinks, test soil pH for planting vegetables, put together a map of Oregon agriculture and much, much more!
Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Secret Ocean
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: Ages 8+
Prehistoric Planet: Walking with Dinosaurs | 3D
Join narrator Benedict Cumberbatch on an extraordinary journey back in time to the Alaska of 70 million years ago. Through the latest in CGI technology, BBC Earth invites you to witness the most authentic dinosaur experience ever to be presented on the Giant Screen.
The adventure begins with a herd of large, plant-eating dinosaurs – Pachyrhinosaurus. The film follows their youngsters through the seasons and the challenges of growing up and establishing themselves in this prehistoric world. From the moment they hatch, they face predators, extremes of weather and natural disasters as they fight for survival.
Huge bone beds, found in Alaska and Alberta, reveal that pachyrhinosaurs roamed in vast herds. They very likely undertook epic migrations and had complex social lives, just as animals in large herds do today. Following them on their migrations, we encounter various other species they likely met and interacted with, including the fierce Nanuqsaurus, the top predator of the day.
For this immersive Giant Screen experience, the bodies and movements of the different Cretaceous era species have been precisely recreated from the fossil evidence. Their behaviour is derived from both palaeontology and a detailed knowledge of the behaviour of modern animals, giving these animated creatures an amazing degree of realism.
With its ambitious CGI visuals, Prehistoric Planet: Walking With Dinosaurs reveals the story behind the lives of the dinosaurs and the challenges they faced during a constant battle of survival in the ancient world.
Duration: 40 mins. | Rating: All Ages
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
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.