Earth Hall

Located on the second floor of the museum, the Earth Science Hall focuses on geology and tectonics, weather and climate, energy and the environment, and their interrelationship with life, both past and present. 

On View Now in Earth Hall

Renewable Energy/Energia Renovable

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!


Clever Together: Our Everyday Choices

Small, sustainable actions make a big impact when adopted by the hundreds, thousands, or even the hundreds of thousands! Opening in the museum’s revamped Earth Hall, Clever Together encourages guests to weigh the environmental, economic and social impacts of their choices. It features engaging interactive displays centered on topics such as food, transportation, product consumption, and energy use. Visitors are invited to use “human power” to take a virtual walk or bike-ride through familiar places in the Portland metro region, employ smart sorting tactics to divert waste from landfills, and find ways to save energy in a funky room furnished with everyday home appliances and personal electronics.

Local Choices, Clever Choices Website

Sustainability-related lesson plans:

Sustainability Stories Map Your Neighborhood Sustainability Badges

This exhibit was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-0917595

A View from Space

Since the launch of the world's first artificial satellite Sputnik in 1957, satellites have dramatically changed the way we study our planet. A View from Space gives museum visitors a chance to see the world from a satellite's perspective. In this highly interactive, hands-on science exhibit, visitors will be able to track a hurricane from space, send a satellite spinning into orbit around a model Earth, study astonishing images of our planet captured by NASA's Earth Observing System, and more!

Science On a Sphere

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.

The Earth Hall Team


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