History & Mission

Mission: What we stand for

Inspire curiosity through engaging science learning experiences, foster experimentation and the exchange of ideas, and stimulate informed action.

Vision: Where we're going

OMSI, collaborating with partners, will ignite an education transformation at the intersection of science, technology and design, and weave a thriving innovation district into the fabric of Portland, that spreads opportunities across the Northwest.

Our fearless leaders

Nancy Stueber
Nancy Stueber
Erin Graham
Erin Graham
Chief Operating Officer
Tim Mack
Tim Mack
VP, Finance & Analysis

Remember when?

OMSI began with the exhibition of Oregon’s rich natural resources with the opening of the City Hall Museum in 1896. But with the Great Depression and World War II, it wasn’t until the mid-forties that support for the museum really began to grow. Businessman Ralph Lloyd hosted the temporary “Oregon Museum of Science and Industry” in his house on NE Hassalo Street, boasting the Northwest's first public planetarium and its 20-minute trip to the stars.

OMSIs Original Washington Park Location

With annual attendance swelling to over 25,000 in 1955 and the house scheduled for demolition, the City Council stepped forward to lease land in Washington Park to OMSI for the sum of one dollar per year. In the spirit of pioneer barn-raisings, over 400 volunteer union brick layers and hod carriers laid 102,000 bricks in one day, and on June 7, 1958, the dream of a dedicated, hands-on science museum became a reality.

By the mid-1980's, OMSI's popularity surpassed the size of its facility six times over and a new group of community leaders began a $32M campaign to build a state-of-the-art science center, culminating with a milestone donation from longtime supporter, Portland General Electric, of an 18.5-acre site that held a historic sawdust-fired power generation plant. On October 24, 1992, the new 219,000 square-foot facilities opened, adding the USS Blueback, the last non-nuclear powered submarine built by the U.S. Navy, just two years later.

Today, the museum serves over 1 million visitors at the museum and through off-site education programs. OMSI is ranked as one of the top science centers in the United States and has an international reputation for its innovative exhibits and educational programs.

With friends like these...

You've seen how partners of the past built the museum from the ground up. How can you help move us forward? 

Our Board of Trustees

A special group of volunteers with a passion for the museum, our community, and science education.

Susan D. Keil
Susan D. Keil
Alistair Firmin
Alistair Firmin
Penny Serrurier
Stoel Rives LLP
John Wheeler
Vernier Software & Technology
Eric Blackburn
Eric Blackburn
ESCO Corporation
Casey Callinsky
Casey Callinsky
Wells Fargo
David Childers
David Childers
Your Business Baby, LLC
Kimberly Cooper
Kimberly Cooper
Rob Coppedge
Rob Coppedge
Cambia Health Solutions
Bryce Dalley
Pacific Power
Jill Eiland
Jill Eiland
Jonathan Fink
Jonathan Fink
Portand State University
Reginald Hamlett
Kenneth W. Hick
Robert “Buzz” Kross
Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis
FLIR Systems, Inc.
Kristin Luck
Kristin Luck Consulting
Su Midghall
Su Midghall
DHM Research
Sue Miller
Jeanette Mladenovic
Jeanette Mladenovic
Oregon Health & Science University
Sastry Pantula
Oregon State University
Linda Pearce
Linda Pearce
Tillamook County Creamery Association
Tom Sperry
Tom Sperry
Rogue Venture Partners
Emeritus Board

We can't do this alone. See who's helped along the way.

Allen Alley
1997 to 2005
Paula Kinney
1992 to 1995
Jean Auel
1992 to 1996
Arnold Labby
1978 to 1979
Tony Bacos
2010 to 2013
Patrick LaCrosse
2000 to 2006
Bob Beal
2007 to 2013
Fritz Lake *
2011 to 2012
John Beckman *
1994 to 1995
William Lyons *
1981 to 1988
Leonard Bergstien
1986 to 1992
Hugh Mackworth
2000 to 2006
Larry Black
1981 to 1987
Gary Maffei
1995 to 2003
Ernest Bloch
1994 to 1998
Elaine McCall
2001 to 2007
Alisa Brake
2006 to 2009
Dolores Orfanakis
2004 to 2010
Jennifer Bruml
2008 to 2016
Claris Poppert
1988 to 1996
Kurt Bruun
2009 to 2015
Preston Pulliams
2007 to 2010
Margaret Carter
2000 to 2008
Dilip Ratnam
2004 to 2011
Patrick Clancy
1996 to 1998
Lawretta Ray *
1981 to 1987
Debi Coleman
1997 to 2000
Patrick Reiten
2003 to 2009
Marc Compton
2006 to 2012
Donald Remlinger
2006 to 2011
Steve Cox
2004 to 2012
Arthur Riedel *
1980 to 1986
Ambrose "Bubby" Cronin III *
1974 to 1978
Paul Risser *
2001 to 2002
Yvonne Curtis
2010 to 2013
Joseph Robertson
2004 to 2010
Beth deHamel
1996 to 2004
Lawrence Rockwood *
1962 to 1969
1971 to 1974
Harry Demorest
1986 to 1994
1996 to 2004
Richard Roman
1994 to 2002
Ryan Flynn
2014 to 2015
Donald Sacco
1998 to 2002
Orcilia Forbes *
1983 to 1989
April Sanderson
2008 to 2015
Jim Francesconi
1998 to 2004
Robert Scanlan
1981 to 1987
Kathleen Geyer
1976 to 1979
Barbara Sue Seal
1988 to 1995
William Glasgow
1974 to 1982
Joan Smith
1973 to 1983
Al Glowasky
1996 to 2002
Susan Sokol Blosser
1995 to 2001
Chris Hall
2001 to 2007
Judy South
2006 to 2012
Joseph Hanna
1995 to 2001
Nick Stanley
1994 to 2000
John Harker
1997 to 2005
Greg Struxness
2003 to 2009
Robert Harrison
1991 to 2000
Hank Swigert
1985 to 1992
Blake Hedinger Bruun
2008 to 2010
2013 to 2015
Bill Tagmyer *
1998 to 2004
Michael Henderson
1983 to 1987
Gerri Tisdel
1987 to 1994
Ed Hepp
2003 to 2009
Carol Van Natta
2012 to 2015
Thomas Horstmann
1976 to 1983
Dave Vernier
2000 to 2008
Trond Ingvaldsen
2008 to 2016
Don Vollum
2007 to 2015
Jack Isselmann
2001 to 2002
Walter Weyler
2011 to 2015
Jon Jaqua
2004 to 2010
Andy Wihtol
1991 to 1995
Lynn Johnson
2001 to 2009
Richard Wollenberg
1996 to 2004
Harpel Keller
1970 to 1976

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We are an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that receives no state or local tax support and relies on admissions, memberships and donations to continue our educational mission, programs and exhibits.

2015 Financial StatementsForm 990 2015 Annual Report